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Why a roomful of people in Winter Park donated $505,000 ... without being asked | Commentary

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

And it moved some people to tears, including LaShea Reaves, the founder of 8 Cents in a Jar, a charity that teaches financial literacy to at-risk kids. Reeves was the audience favorite. So she should’ve left the room with $25,000. Instead, she got $82,000 — enough to power her small-but-mighty charity for half a year.

“The support we received, not only from the attendees but the other nonprofits, was not only motivating but life-changing,” Reeves said. “What I got from that morning was that people said: We hear you. We see what you’re doing. And we want you to keep going.”...

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