Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards to be spent on a
charitable cause of their choice.
"You're going to open your hearts, you're going to be really creative, and you're going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person," Winfrey said. "Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000."
Interplast thinks this is a great way for Oprah to encourage philanthropy by giving her audience the opportunity to feel what it's like to donate $1,000 and really change the lives of those in need.
So in case any of you audience members are wondering how to spend the money, we'd like to remind you that:
- $250 provides surgery for a child who has no other access to care to repair his or her cleft lip or palate at an
Interplast Surgical Outreach Center;
- $300 enables an impoverished child suffering from a disabling burn to receive surgery at an Interplast Surgical Outreach Center, so that he or she can walk, run and move freely again;
- $750 sponsors a life-changing surgery for one child on an Interplast surgical team trip;
- $1,000 helps a surgeon in the developing world receive further training through a visiting educator workshop.
Even a cursory glance at our blog will show you the faces and stories of the children who suffer from disabling burns, hand injuries or clefts---like Kamala (see the most recent posts) and My Linh (before and after. So if you are still wondering how to spend the $1,000, please keep Interplast in mind to help those who have no other access to surgical care!