You can talk about Ted Turner and his billion bucks to the UN, or Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. However, I’m a lot more impressed with the philanthropy of the late Mariam Cannon Hayes, heiress to the Cannon Mills fortune.

She left much of her fortune to the Tryon Palace Commission along with various hospitals, schools, colleges and universities around the state of North Carolina.–after many years of and many millions of dollars given during her life.

Now that’s true generosity for you. It isn’t coerced from you by force, and it isn’t about getting your mug on TV. It’s about the giving to worthy causes and doing it close to home. Thank you, ma’am.

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