July 08, 2012 07:00 PM by Veronica Dudo
It’s time for your weekly dose of positive reality TV with Secret Millionaire on ABC. On tonight’s episode, Hilary Decesare, the co-founder and CEO of Everloop.com heads to Southern California seeking people worthy of donations. Along the way she meets an impressive young hero who is helping the homeless. Keep reading to find out who Hilary decides to help!
As a single mom, Hilary has arranged for her mom to watch her children while she sets out on her journey. Long Beach is truly a world away from the bright lights of Los Angeles. There are over 4,000 homeless people in Long Beach–14% are children. Even though Hilary grew up 30 miles from Long Beach she never knew about the devastation in the area.
While getting to know the people in the neighborhood, Hilary meets eight year old Jonas who spends his time and energy handing out sandwiches to homeless people. His mother tells Hilary that she is proud of her son’s passion for helping the less fortunate. After spending the day with Jonas, Hilary says she is very inspired by the loving actions of this little eight year old boy.
At the New Hope Grief Support Community, Hilary meets Sue who founded the organization. As a Hospice nurse, Sue helped people who were dying but explained to Hilary that after the deaths, family and friends often times really needed support coping with their grief so she started the New Hope Grief Support Community. Hilary is even invited to help a local family build a memorial garden for their young son who died in a tragic car accident. Hilary says she has learned an important lesson, “It’s not about what you have; it’s about who you have in your life.”
After driving by a sign Hilary decides to visit Shoestring City Ranch, which is a ranch that teaches kids how to care for animals and also to ride rescued horses. Hilary observes that Karen is like a mom to all of the kids who visit the ranch since many have rough circumstances at home. Karen confides in Hilary that she is unsure of her future since she invests all of her money into the ranch. Hilary is so touched by Karen’s selflessness that she decides to help out.
On her last day, Hilary gives $15,000 to eight year old Jonas so he can continue to feed the homeless. The tiny hero is elated with Hilary’s donation and can’t stop smiling! Next, Hilary heads back to Shoestring City Ranch and presents Karen with a $50,000 check. Lastly, Hilary returns to the New Hope Grief Support Community and gives Sue a check for $75,000. Hilary says she is very happy she decided to partake in the show and that the trip truly reenergized her not just as a person but also as a mom.
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