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On a cold winter seventy-seven years ago, a small ad appeared in a Canton, Ohio newspaper. Instead of goods for sales, it offered ten dollars, no strings attached, to 75 local families in distress. To receive this Depression Era manna, readers were asked to submit letters describing their down-and-out hardships and needs. Their benefactor, who used a pseudonym in the classified, was Sam Stone, the grandfather of Ted Gup, the author of this book. When Gup discovered a suitcase full of these letters, he began a quest to discover what had happened subsequently to these supplicants and, just as importantly, what had motivated his granddad to become such a real life benefactor to so many strangers. The paperback edition is updated with a new postscript. A NOOK Book edition of the hardcover is also available: 9781101444634, $12.99.