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Phyllis Mroczek of Loup City, Nebraska, wants to use her challenge money to give back to her home of 52 years. "Living in a low-income area with limited budgets for many and having walked in their shoes—as I was from a poor family—I chose as my challenge to help the senior citizens of our community," she says.

Friends and family challenge each other to donate to the cause, and local businesses pitch in, adding $1,300 to Phyllis's $1,000!

Dressed as "Oprah's Angel" and armed with goods bought with her $2,300, Phyllis sets out on Halloween to ease the burden of more than 100 senior citizens. She delivers meals to the doors of elderly people and pays for a woman's gas bill. At a senior center Halloween party, she hands out gift certificates for groceries, meal tickets for the center, turkeys, fruit baskets and more!

By the end of her giving project, Phyllis is very tired but rewarded. "This truly was one of my most inspirational experiences of my 71 years here on this earth," she says.


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