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The $700,000 Bag Lady

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    Cheryl Blankinship lived a quiet life but left a significant impact.

By Dan Huth
Progress contributor

    [Writer’s Note: Over the years I gained Cheryl's confidence, became her friend. She was able to express herself more clearly using a keyboard than in person, and often shared her thoughts in e-mails.  Sensing something special about this person, I saved these e-mails, which now enrich this article with her own voice.]  

 



    Cheryl Blankinship didn't have a car, and would only reluctantly ask friends to take her shopping. When she did leave her run down double-wide for a shopping trip, she'd split her list between Fred’s and Sav-A-Lot, letting a few cents savings determine where to make each purchase. Then she'd shuffle through wrinkled coupons, wrenching every last drop from every last penny—squeezing a nickel until the proverbial buffalo howled. Her wardrobe came from the Community Thrift Store.
    And she gave over $700,000 to Pickens County charities.

To read more about The $700,000 Bag Lady Cheryl Blankinship check out this week's print or online editions.

 

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0 #1 pickensian 2013-11-27 15:26
Wow. I had met this woman through various charity organizations and had no idea. I feel like I missed an opportunity .
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