New Book: Poor, Retired African-American Man Keeps Giving His Money Away!

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In his new book, retired postal worker Thomas Cannon talks about why he has given away over $140,000 in more than 30 years to perfect strangers while living on a modest salary.

Having devoted the past 30 years to his own, homegrown philanthropy efforts, Thomas Cannon has managed to give out over $140,000 to individuals he feels are deserving. In his book due out August 2004 from Palari Publishing – Poor Man’s Philanthropist: The Thomas Cannon Story by Sandra Waugaman with Thomas Cannon (ISBN: 1928662056) – Thomas talks about his life and how he decided to give away $1,000 gifts.

Poor Man’s Philanthropist: The Thomas Cannon Story also features some of the recipients of Mr. Cannon’s generosity. They talk about their situation, how they felt when they received his check, and how they are doing now.

The book outlines Thomas Cannon’s life growing up in a small town in Virginia, through his career in the Navy, his college years, and his work at the post office. He also discusses his devotion to his wife and how he became her caretaker during her illness.

With his story, Mr. Cannon hopes to encourage others to start their own philanthropy effort. His message is that everyone doesn’t have to give money to make a difference. Cannon says, “If someone just makes the commitment to give of themselves and their time, they could make a big impact in the lives of others.”

Thomas Cannon has appeared on television shows like Oprah, Nightline, Inside Edition and more. He has also appeared in over 30 magazines and countless newspapers spreading his message of giving.

After reading his book and hearing his story, you will find out more about how Thomas Cannon thinks, what he feels, and why he gives so much to others.

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