Episode 104:$100,000 Giveaway
Throughout my entire career people have been asking my advice on how they can give back. Everyone wants to help�they just don't know how to do it, or where to start. I'm sure�I hope!�that some of you are watching Oprah's Big Give and feeling inspired to start giving yourselves. What I've been telling people for years, and what I'll tell you, is that it's most important to find your passion. You can volunteer in so many areas�you can work with kids, the environment, animals, mothers, anything. Find what you're passionate about and get involved. You�re going to have a better time volunteering�and it will mean more to you�if it's your passion and platform. In terms of time, if you're able to volunteer once a month that is fantastic! And I ALWAYS tell parents to get their children involved�you're never too young to start giving back. I also wanted to tell everyone a little bit more about the big give party I threw that was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. First of all, I gave that party because I saw that Oprah.com was asking viewers to throw their own big give parties. It wasn�t until after the producers found out I was giving the party that they asked to tape it, which I wholeheartedly agreed to in the hopes that it would encourage others to do the same. It was my friend Erica's idea to collect the shoes, and it was a brilliant idea because it showed how something so simple could go so far. We collected 60 pairs of shoes from our guests. It didn't ask too much of people � but it is such a basic necessity, that it really had a big impact on those who received them. This is the kind of thing I hope Oprah's Big Give fans will try to do themselves while watching the show on Sunday nights. At our party, we asked local business to donate their services to get into the big give spirit. That's the other thing I really want to encourage viewers to do. When I asked these people to help, there were no plans for the party to be filmed. They didn't help so that they could be on TV. They helped because they support good causes. So throw a big give party and ask your guests to bring shoes, or canned foods, and then ask your local retailers get involved. It's a win-win situation, you end up having a fabulous party, you raise money or goods for a great cause, and, if you get local businesses to help out, it can cost you absolutely nothing. What could be better? Regarding last night's episode -- first of all, Kim was as sweet as pie and we just loved her personality, but it got to the point where we didn�t understand why she didn't buy a navigation system! And Eric was obviously a smart man, one who had a metamorphosis based on his own life experiences, and he'd been really strong in previous challenges. But for the elimination, we had to remember not to judge on previous challenges. And in this case both Eric and Kim made mistakes we couldn't overlook. One of the moments I loved in this challenge didn't make the final cut, but you can watch it in the deleted scenes section on Oprah.com. Rachael did something really smart � she bought generators for Florida residents who live in mobile homes. Usually, if you live in a mobile home and there's a storm, you're out of luck. You can go without power for days. So Rachael bought a generator for a big group of people who were affected by Hurricane Wilma, so if that should happen again they'll still have light, they'll still be able to cook. I remember thinking, "Wow, that's a great use of money." She really thought about that. When you put thought and care into a give it really shows.
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