Nate Berkus knows exactly what it's like to be on the receiving end of giving. As the featured design expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and a contributor to O at Home , Nate has helped dozens of guests redecorate their homes. But in September 2004, he had to depend on the kindness of others to survive the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. Nate and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were on vacation when the tsunami hit Sri Lanka, and while Nate survived, Fernando did not. Nate says he could feel the humanity in the kindness that was shown to him and others.
"I was addicted to this show," Nate says. " Oprah's Big Give is truly an emotional roller coaster. In each city, it was so exciting to see what the contestants would do next for people. This show is such an amazing way to get people to think outside of themselves and reconnect with society."
Nate's Favorite…Giving Back Moment: The work I did with the Angel Network to help rebuild the area I was in that was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. I was happy to see when I went back that the Angel Network was only one of several charities operating in the area. It confirmed my faith in people.
Food: Chicago hot dogs, corn on the cob
Movie: Best in Show
Type of Music and/or Artist: Hip-hop and folk
Dessert: White birthday cake with white frosting from the grocery store
Time of Day: Noon
Indulgence: The beach and travel
Vacation: Any beach vacation with no agenda
Weekend Activity: Shopping for antiques and small objects at vintage or antiques shops
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