Biographies & Memoirs

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. 

Chapter 1: A Christmas Carol

Chapter 2: In Consideration of the White Collar Man

Chapter 3: The Bread of Tomorrow

Chapter 4: If I Would Accept Charity

Chapter 5: Families

Chapter 6: Families

Chapter 7: An Opportunity to Help

Chapter 8: A Merry and Joyful Christmas

Chapter 9: True Circumstances