Ryan, a Hurricane Katrina volunteer

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Ryan, a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, sacrificed two tickets to the World Series to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In the aftermath of the storm, Ryan started a relief drive to gather supplies for families who lost everything. Soon, his garage was full of clothing and other goods to take to the Gulf Coast...but he didn't have the money to rent a truck and deliver the items.

"When I weighed the option of having a great time at [the World Series] while there were hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf that were suffering, it seemed like an easy decision to make," Ryan says. He sold his tickets and used the money to travel to Louisiana with a truck full of provisions.
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FROM: Oprah's Favorite Things 2005
Published on November 21, 2005

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