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Some people joke and say you can never be too rich. Hannah and Joseph Salwen aren’t those people. The brother-sister duo looked around their family’s self-described mansion in Atlanta, complete with an elevator and library, and said, “This is too much.”
After Hannah saw a homeless man while driving with her family, she realized that she had too much while others don’t have food or other essentials she took for granted. The 15-year-old corralled her 13-year-old brother to ask their parents to sell their home and downsize to something half the size. They also wanted mom and dad to donate half the proceeds of the nearly $1.8 million asking price to The Hunger Project.
Their mom almost fainted at the thought of giving up her dream home. I spoke to their entrepreneur dad and he admittedly was hesitant to sell during a buyer’s rather than a seller’s market in this economy. But, both caved, realizing that they raised the kids they always wanted — socially responsible, self-sacrificing leaders who are rich with the desire to serve.
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