Scott Jacobs has earned millions of dollars as an artist, but on the season premiere of "Secret Millionaire" (Sun., 8 p.m. ET on ABC), he spent a week living on the equivalent of welfare wages in Newark, New Jersey with his 19-year old daughter Alexa. The experience proved profound and moving for both of them.
"I know this kind of poverty exists in the U.S., but I've never been that close to it before," Jacobs said, as reported by the New Jersey Star Ledger.
The two spent time working with local charities, and getting really involved with their attempts to crack down on drug problem areas, as well as helping local veterans. Jacobs was overwhelmed to the point of tears while working with the GI Go Fund, helping some of those veterans.
Jacobs wound up giving $150,000 of his own money to three local charities in Newark, including $75,000 to the GI Go Fund. He and his daughter gained a new appreciation for those things that matter in life more than money and possessions.
Follow the journeys of more undercover philanthropists as "Secret Millionaire" continues throughout the summer, Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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