April 07, 2011 08:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
On the final day Diane and Gary reveal their true identities. First they visit the Lazarus House and present the organization with a check for $100,000. Next they return to No More Victims where they give Momma G a check made out for $50,000 to keep the program going. Diane and Gary give Warren $10,000 to help him with his education. Finally, Gary and Diane go back to the Sean Ashley House and hand them a check for $250,000.
ABC talked to Gary and Diane about their experience after filming the show:
What surprised you most about your experience as a “Secret Millionaire”?
We realize that what we experienced for a week was just a very small sample of the difficult life so many people live day after day, with no end in sight. We didn’t think that living one week in rough conditions on a miniscule budget would transform us or even give us a better understanding of this life, however, it WAS a life changing experience and one that we feel blessed to have been a part of.
Has your life changed since this experience? In what ways?
We were so moved by the people we met and the courage they show, every day, that after the lights and cameras were gone, we slipped back into Houston over the holidays, with our daughter, to deliver Christmas presents and spend time celebrating the holidays with our new friends. We saw firsthand, community in action. It takes everyone, using each of their gifts-resources, talent, time, support, love and good old fashioned kindness–to build a strong, healthy community. Everyone has something they can give, and the neat thing is, when you use your gift, giving is easy.
Secret Millionaire airs on Sunday night at 8|7c on ABC.
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