Ted on CBS Sunday Morning

Secret Great Depression Benefactor Revealed

Ted Gup’s 80 year-old mother handed him a suitcase labeled “Memoirs” filled with letters dated the same week in December 1933, all addressed to someone named Mr. B. Virdot. Rita Braver tells has the story of a mysterious benefactor who in the Great Depression, sent gifts to those in need.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7096732n#ixzz16gjJSp8d

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5 Responses to “Ted on CBS Sunday Morning”

  1. Buffy M. Regalado says:

    I would be honored to give the first comment. I have been thinking of your dads kindness,
    and it just overwhelms me. The letters that were in the story so touching, just to be happy with $5.oo, I still just cant comprehend it. I appreciate your dads kindness. Thank you Ted for sharing this story.

  2. Joan Ferris says:

    My husband, John Lean Ferris, is the grandson of Dr. Delbert Lean from the College of Wooster. John has taken up his grandfather’s tradition of reciting Dicken’s A Christmas Carol from memory for audiences at Christmas time. We are excited to read the book and find out more of the impact Grandpa and Dickens had on this amazing story of love and kindness.

  3. Michael J. Muller says:

    To read and enjoy the story of Sam Stone, his kindness and generosity towards others during the Great Depression is a “gift” in and of itself that uplifts the human spirit. Thank you for taking the time and utilizing your talents to bring this story to light.

  4. Laurie Shanken says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story that brought such joy to my heart. I will be sharing it with all of my family and friends to let them in on this secret too.
    Happy New Year to you and yours. By the way, my mother in law is a Finkelstein from Minnesota-maybe my husband is a distant cousin of yours.
    I am so inspired by your grandfather’s story of hope.
    Laurie Shanken
    formerly of Ohio and now in AZ

  5. diane rothstein says:

    Dear Ted,
    I would like to tell you my mother’s story-Sadye Stone She was born in Haverhill,Ma.-June 25,1910. She was the youngest of three siblings. Her father Jacob Stone died in DEc. 1912,when she was two years old. Both Bessie andJacob were Russian immigrants. My grandmother ran a grocery store out of her house. My mother became the delivery girl who in blinding snow storms was delivering Matzoh. My mother grew up with no toys nor birthday celebrations.They were so poor there often was no money for milk or coal.
    Frost often accumulated on the walls .She had managed to save $100 for college.However, in 1928 her brothers decided to open a small shop to make wood heels for shoes. They needed $100 to rent a machine. They asked for their sister’s help. She became a partner in the business and worked their until 1937 when she married my father. I am a retired teacher
    of 37 years and have been taking care of my mother for the past ten years. My mother unfortunately has Dementia. I now am doing a genealogocal study of my mother’s ancestry. Thank you for writing such a beautiful book.

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