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“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

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Dying Veteran Gives Everything Away

Bob Karlstrand was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer at the age of 65. An only child, who never married and who never had any children, Bob was left to face this illness alone. Rather than wallow in self pity Bob did something quite extraordinary.

Bob decided he wanted to give his home to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity providing housing for those who are in need. Bob, a former veteran, wants his home to go to another veteran who finds themselves homeless. Habitat for Humanity have promised him they will make sure his wish come true.

Not content with just giving his house away for free, Bob has decided to give away everything in his house to those who want it. Everything from toys, books and home appliances. As Bob said “I’ve had a good life so I can’t complain at all. It’s great to see people come in and just take what they want and to be able to make a real difference.”

Bob’s generosity doesn’t end there. A few months ago Connie White Delaney, dean of the University of Minnesota’s nursing school, got a surprise visit from Bob. He decided to make what he called a “small donation” to help fund the nursing progam at the nursing school. That “small” donation was actually a huge $1 million from his retirement fund.

Bob’s incredible donation has provided six scholarships this year and more to come. He won’t meet all the students he’s helping but that doesn’t matter to him.

“The fact that I know they are going to be helped is good enough for me,” he said.

Bob has had a remarkable 65 years. He represented his country during the Vietnam conflict and this life of sacrifice shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

In his 66th year he’s given away his belongings to those in need, he’s provided a veteran a home to live in and he’s secured the future of his local nursing school.

Let’s follow Bob’s example, let’s do something kind for someone today.

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