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This story from the Lockhart family is excerpted from an article in the Los Angeles Times:

Parents, who knew that their children had all the material things they needed, gave them a check that had to be given away.

"For us, it's given our daughters the chance to think about what matters most to them," said David Lockhart, 53, who splits his time between homes in Santa Monica and Great Barrington, Mass. "It's the whole notion of stewardship. What do I care enough about to give this to? You move out of yourself and into the wider community and start thinking about needs."

Lockhart's daughter, Abby, 23, said that when she received her first Charity Check four years ago, she didn't know quite what to do with it. "But then I started to research and learned that there were so many nonprofit organizations that needed help." She has given her $150 checks to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, in memory of a friend who died of cancer, and to other medical research organizations.

"I think because of this, charitable giving will always be a part of life," she said.

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