All his life, Alan Naiman did his best to be a good person. Although he was never married, he lived an honorable and loving life as a social worker. He did not bother anyone and tried his best to help people change for the better in his work. When he passed away at the much-too-young age of 63, he was unmarried and childless, but that did not mean that he died without leaving behind a legacy that could stand the test of time.
Alan’s closest friends always berated him for being a “cheapskate.” And he certainly did lead a thrifty life. But with only himself to support, he didn’t need too much money. He also did not care for fancy things and preferred to keep what he had until it was through. That’s why it was common to see Alan walking around with duct tape on his shoes and other quick fixes to make the things he had last.
Although his friends found his frugal spending habits to be annoying and neurotic, it was only after he died that everyone realized why he was doing it. Although he only seemed to save a few pennies buying the store brand products instead of national brands, it was all for a serious and generous purpose.
As became clear after the social worker from Seattle, Washington passed, he only wanted to make people’s lives better. In his youth, he acted as a foster parent for some needy children. He also worked every day as a social worker with other people who needed help and had “fallen through the cracks” of society. That’s why he saved every penny to give generously in his death.
In his passing, the executor of his estate discovered that Alan had accumulated a fortune worth $11 million. This humble man who worked a meager job all his life and dedicated himself to helping others was a multi-millionaire, richer than many celebrities and actors.
The money he had amassed was going to go to do just one thing – helping children in need. In his will, Alan gave all his money to charities that could help the poor, sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children.
Founder of the Pediatric Interim Care Center, Barbara Drennan, told CTV News just how generous Alan was, even though she had never met him in person. He left her organization $2.5 million. She helps newborn babies born to drug-addicted mothers wean off their chemical dependence. These babies are often forgotten and ignored because their situation is just so ugly and horrible.
“We would never dream that something like this would happen to us. I wish very much that I could have met him. I would have loved to have had him see the babies he’s protecting.”
The Treehouse foster care organization also received a generous $900,000 donation from Alan. While he was fostering children, Alan would bring those in his care to the Treehouse’s warehouses where wards of the state can receive clothing, toys, and other items to brighten up childhood.
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