Danny Thomas Test

It's real easy to steal. 

Here’s an experiment to see how we’re doing when it comes to compassion.

This came in the mail:

It was a solicitation from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Started by Danny Thomas.

The hospital along with a research center he started has made a positive impact on our world.

Back to my social experiment in how we are doing as a nation.  The Danny Thomas Test.

Rather than fill out the card with my credit card number and send it in the postage free envelope to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, I sent them a dollar.

You can see part of the dollar in the envelope’s address window.

It’s real easy to steal.

Will people hook a buck from a hospital that is known for saving the lives of children?

Or will the dollar make it?

As a further challenge … in order to figure how to re-address the envelope you have to turn over the envelope and find the address in small print.  A good Samaritan is really going to have to make an effort to find St. Jude’s.

So what will happen?

Because I am a cautious optimist, I think the envelope and dollar will end up at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

And somewhere Danny Thomas will be smiling.

There’s a note behind the dollar that says I’m going to donate a bit more money if St. Jude’s calls and ask let’s me know they have the dollar.

Will they call?

I will report back to you.




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Jaron Summers wrote dozens of primetime television and radio programs, including those for HBO, CBS, ACCESS TV and CBC. He conceived the TV and Film Institute of Canada. Funded by the University of Alberta and ITV, Jaron ran the Institute for 12 years, donating his services for a decade.

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