If you missed my first column on this subject, late last month a small-business person came to me with $2,000 in cash, 20 books and an unusual request.
The man, who requested anonymity, asked me to hold a letter-writing contest in which readers would answer this question:
"If I had $100, I could make someone's Christmas better by ..."
Each winner would get a $100 check and a copy of "Daily Readings from 'Your Best Life Now'" by Joel Osteen, pastor of a large church in Houston, Texas.
We were not looking for parents who wanted to give their child the latest toy or a husband who wanted to give his wife a luxurious garment, but for people who wanted to help those in need.
The anonymous donor also hoped that others would join the effort.
I was skeptical, but the Friday after the first column ran, I was called to the entryway of The Herald-Mail, where a man I had never met before handed me a $100 bill.