A retired Canadian couple won $11.3 million in the lottery in July — but they have already given almost all of it away.
78-year-old Violet Large was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer when the couple learned that they’d won the jackpot.
She and her husband Allen decided the money was a headache, so they began an $11-million donation spree to help others.
According to Yahoo News:
“They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. The list goes on and on.”
It’s inspiring to know that such selfless, generous and giving people still exist in the world. As we start off the holiday season in the United States, the Larges’ story serves as a reminder for what we should all be truly thankful for … and nothing on that list can be bought.
As Violet said:
“Money can’t buy you health or happiness.”