Frugal Woman Leaves Generous Gift

Elinor Sauerwein donated $1.7 million to Salvation Army in California.
1:49 | 01/25/12

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It arrived just before Christmas the check for more than one point seven million dollars made out of the Modesto Salvation Army. -- I stared at a for awhile and then I took a picture with my phone. -- -- the money will be put to great use Modesto it is hard as any California city by an economy that can't seem to recover. It's the woman behind the donation that makes this story even better. Of course our wine was 96. And live like someone capable of donating nearly two million dollars she did by. Carpet for house one year which. Took an act of god who. On bullet -- -- financial advisor obviously making wise decisions with her stocks and real estate investments. She kept track and there were penny. Humans -- -- -- never spent money she. She human ultra -- -- -- lived in west Modesto in that house neighbors as well remember her being. Very careful with -- money the last year she was there she just got cable TV it's of this is wonderful I could watch the History Channel for the rest of my life -- Perhaps because she lived through the depression every penny was important may be because her life wasn't easy she got a special feeling for others struggling to get -- She selected the Salvation Army after researching which agencies spend the most on its client. It's five years from now. She won't know it. But she will have touched close to a 100000 people because of that generosity. -- did take one vacation toward the end of her life to Hawaii. But just one back home there were better ways to spend more than one point seven million dollars. In Modesto -- daily news to them.

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