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savedtogiveAlan Naiman was a Washington state social worker who died of cancer last year at the age of just 63. Alan’s friends knew him as a frugal man. He repaired his old shoes with duct tape. He bought clothes from the grocery story. He would go to grocery stores and delis at closing time to get deals. What they didn’t know is that Alan was sitting on a fortune, and when he died, he left an $11 million estate to children's charities! For 20 years, Alan worked for the state Department of Social and Health Services making just over $67,000 a year. He also worked side gigs to earn extra cash. So by the time he died, he had saved $11 million, and all of that money was given to charities that help poor, sick, disabled and abandoned children. Among them, $2.5 million went to the private Pediatric Interim Care Center organization in Washington and $900,000 went to the Treehouse foster care organization. It’s a great example for the old saying, never judge a book by its cover. See the story here.