Friday, December 26, 2008
Father Dollar gives money away
A praiseworthy act of dana (generosity)! Behold how something soon to be worthless can mean so much when given away. It is an excellent example of authentic Christian charity and kindheartedness. Reverend Maurice Chase, best known as Father Dollar Bill, can often be seen throughout the year handing out dollar bills to those in need. And Christmas and Thanksgiving are no different, except that more money is given away.
Today Rev. Chase handed out $15,000, mostly in dollar bills in amounts up to $20. But the first ten people he saw in wheelchairs received $100 bills. Chase has been criticized for giving money to people who might spend it on intoxicants, but he says that's not the point. The point is to show them that they are not forgotten, not invisible.
"The annual tradition is supported by the widows of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, along with comedian Bob Newhart and philanthropist Eli Broad," reported ABC7 who sent cameras to the scene on the streets of Downtown Los Angeles's Skid Row.