One day in 2006, Kevin drove home with her 14-year-old daughter Hannah. When she stopped at a green light at an intersection, Hannah saw a sign of a homeless person holding a begging. There was a Mercedes-Benz in front of their car. Hannah looked at the Mercedes and said, “Dad, if the person in front does not drive such a expensive car, the hungry person will have a meal.” Kevin listened. Said: “If our car is not so good, that person also has food to eat.”
Such a casual sentence is often said by parents in front of children, but Hannah is in mind. She constantly thinks about what is really important to her. That night, she told her parents and brother Joseph that she had to do something different. “I don’t want to just sit at home and say ‘I wish…”, I want to do something that can change the world.”
Kevin was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. His wife, Joan, is a management consultant. They told Hannah that they had done a lot of good things before, such as volunteering at a food bank and donating money to charities, than families with the same conditions. They are doing a lot more. Seeing Hannah still not satisfied, Joan asked her: “What do you want to do? Do you want to sell the house?” Hannah replied: “Yes. I want to sell the house.”
Kevin and Joan started to be surprised, but then they carefully considered Hannah’s thoughts. For the next few months, the Kevin family gathered together to discuss it many times. They started to discuss a big problem – to help a lot of people, just to give everyone a little; or to help only a few people, to give everyone a lot. They also benefited a lot from the discussion, Kevin said: “We began to understand each other’s value. I know what is most important for children, they also know what is important to us. ”
As a result, the family sold a large, comfortable house in Atlanta, then bought a small half of the house and donated the remaining $800,000 to a charity that addressed the African famine problem.
The family told their story in a book called “Half Power”, which caused a lot of controversy in the United States. Many readers were encouraged by them and decided to do something similar. Other readers think they are too self-exciting because they don’t help American compatriots but help the African poor.
Kevin said: “We are very concerned because our actions surprised people. We are not happy to live a life of poverty, nor do we donate half of all our property. We just donated half of a property, just happened to be The original house. Everyone can donate half of something and really let it work.”
Qiong said: “The act of selling a house donation does not require us to tell the children how lucky they are because they already understand that we are a very lucky family.”