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Name: Mitzi Flyte, 61
Location: Allentown, Penn.
Profession: Registered nurse

Her story: "I'm employed with no credit card debt and only owe about a year on my car. So I'm one of the lucky ones: I don't need the $500. I haven't always been, though. I struggled for many years as a single mom.

But if I suddenly had $500, $100 would go to my daughter for her savings, $300 would go into my savings, and $100 would go to an animal shelter to buy food.

I believe that the more you give, the more you receive - and not just in money. I just want others to have the security I have - both the two-legged and the four-legged." - as told to Amy Haimerl

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