Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey and his wife couldn’t bear any children. So he opened an orphanage school to which he left his entire fortune and also the ownership of his chocolate company. The school’s campus is spread in 1,000 acres. Founded in 1909, the school now owns 70% of the Hershey’s Chocolate Company.
There was a Mexican priest, Fray Tormenta who wrestled for 23 years to raise money for an orphanage. The movie “Nacho Libre” was inspired by his story. He designed his own mask, which was red and yellow. Yellow for the liveliness he must display every moment and red for the blood he needed to spill to raise money for the orphanage.
Dobri Dobrev, famously known as Grandpa Dobri was a Bulgarian man who walked 20 km each day to stand in front of a cathedral in Sophia and collect money for orphanages, charities, churches, and monasteries. His Bulgarian name, “Dobri” translates to “good”. He died in 2018 at the age of 103.
Immortal Technique, the hip-hop artist used the profits earned by his album “The Third World” to open an orphanage in Afghanistan in 2008. He creates his music on social issues like poverty, religion, government conspiracies, socialism, government imperialism, etc. He is both a revolutionary and a rapper.
Bai Fangli was a Chinese pedicab driver who donated 350,000 yuan (US$54,958 in 2015) over a span of 18 years to help poor students study. When he retired at 74, he saw many children dropping out of school and working instead due to financial constraints. He sometimes even worked for 24-hours at a stretch. He lived in a small shabby house and wore shabby clothes. He retired at the age of 91 and died at 92 due to lung cancer.
A 12-year-old boy in China collected 160,000 bottles after his school over a period of 2 years. He made $2,700 from it and donated it all to orphans in his country. Not only this, he even donated his personal savings of $30 to the orphan kids.
J.K. Rowling was the first writer to become a billionaire. She lost her billionaire status after she donated her money to charity. According to her, Britain supported her financially when she was going through the toughest phase of her life. And that it was her responsibility to give back when she had more than she needed.
The Masai tribe of Kenya donated 14 cows to the United States in the wake of the 9/11 incident. The cows are regarded as highly sacred by the tribe.
Some mothers suffer from hyperlactation syndrome in which they over-produce breastmilk. A woman, Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, suffering from the condition spent 4 – 5 hours pumping the milk and donated 609 gallons of her milk to feed premature babies.