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Modest Needs Foundation Shows $10 or $20 Donations Can Change Lives

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Charitable giving doesn't need to equal large dollar amounts -- 10 or 20 dollars can go a surprisingly long way towards assisting someone in need, CNN reports.

Last spring, Gary Ribble, who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, needed new glasses but couldn't afford them after losing a job he'd held for more than 40 years.

Then he found out about the Modest Needs Foundation. The grass-roots charity pools thousands of small donations to help people get through short-term financial crises. Donors direct their dollars to the requests they want to fund.

Eleven visitors to pitched in, and within a week Ribble, who lives in a trailer in Nappanee, Indiana, received a $364 check that changed his life.

The site was founded seven years ago by college professor Keith Taylor, whose own life was changed when he found himself short on rent due to a car repair bill during college. His boss stepped in and paid his rent as a gift, and Taylor was inspired to create an organization to help the working poor.

Read the full story at CNN.

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