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It was Oprah's favorite giveaway ever when every member of her audience received $1,000 to spend on a stranger. Those lucky people spread kindness across the country and inspired thousands of others to do the same.

After watching the follow-up show, Sufiy decided to take people from the local shelter to see The Pursuit of Happyness, a film that holds a strong personal meaning for her. The movie is inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a single father who once lived on the streets and now runs a multi-million dollar corporation. Just five years ago, Sufiy says she was one step from being homeless. "I was severely depressed, unhappy with where I was in life," she says. "I could not find a job. I had to go to the [YWCA] because I had nowhere else to live."

Today, Sufiy is employed and wants to spread the movie's message of hope. Every week, she and her husband take people living at the Faith Mission Homeless Shelter in Columbus, Ohio. The experience has changed lives. "One guy said I know that this is a temporary situation for me and I've always felt that, but this movie made me believe it," Sufiy says. "And when he said that, I was like, 'Oh, he got it. He got it. He's right. This is temporary.'"
FROM: Good News!
Published on January 26, 2007


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