I saw a posted meme today that I reposted.
Then I thought it might be a good idea to check it out.
The story revolves around the money donated from Milton Hershey from his share of the profits of Hershey’s chocolate to his own school of orphans.
There are many that think the direction of this now extremely well-funded school should change, expand, or even divert the mission of the school to more appropriate, better informed entities.
I’m not really in a place to make a compelling argument of what is right or what is wrong. I feel that no one has the right to alter the wishes of a donor. I guess that’s why we have courts.
The impressive part of this story for me is Mr. Hershey’s true desire.
When I read the meme, the first thing I thought is that I should buy more Hershey’s chocolate when given a choice. Which happens to be the exact opposite of what he wanted. In fact, he wanted no one to know of his donations because he didn’t want anyone to think he was doing it for that exact thought. He did it because it was something he could do, and make a big difference for those for whom he felt the desire to help. That simple.
I’ll honor those wishes. I won’t go out of my way to buy Hershey’s chocolate bars; there are many I enjoy more. But on those occasions that I do, I’ll remember what this man did for those who needed and need it. And he did it without fanfare and without regards to how it could be used to profit him beyond his own satisfaction.
I think the next Hershey’s chocolate I consume might taste just a little bit sweeter.
There’s some good people out there.
More Reading: http://capitalresearch.org/2003/03/the-milton-hershey-school-the-richest-orphans-in-america/