I am a fifty-something family physician in Portland, Oregon. Every day for the month of October, I gave $100 to a stranger and wrote about it. It was a wonderful month. I am continuing my C-note giveaway and blog posts at least weekly. Next steps? Should I keep going?

27 Responses to “About My Month of Hundreds”

  1. Ruth S. Says:

    Hi Jill,
    L’Shana Tova. I’ve been thinking about you and your family over the high holidays. Saw Sara F. and Dev and their beautiful boy at the beach at RH Tashlich. Sara sends love.
    And so do Lynn and I

  2. jc Says:

    Cheryl’s a friend of mine. You gave the money to someone who will indeed do something good with it. Thank you.

    1. I loved meeting Cheryl.

  3. Judie Says:

    I live in Eugene and for some odd reason was wandering around facebook at this late hour and thought of the Dill Pickle Club my friend Cheryl (who is NOT a facebook member) had mentioned to me. Out of curiosity, I looked it up. How serendipitous that your story should be there waiting. Wonderful!

    1. That’s is wonderful! The Dill Pickle Club is really interesting, and I loved meeting Cheryl. Thanks for reading!

  4. Mary Says:

    The reason of life is that we’re here is to help each other. Often this entails by giving of ourselves. Your compassion and your story are great. Thank you.

  5. Amber L Says:

    I read the article this am in the Oregonian and it struck a chord in my heart. I too lost my mother and she was very poor. As a result of her reality I grew up fearful of loss and not having enough and I battle daily with this unidentifiable but real fear.
    I am impressed with your courage as you look into yourself. I wish a most happy and healing journey to you!

    1. Thank you. The self-reflection piece is sometimes painful but worth the trouble. Thanks for reading and writing. Jill

  6. Pru McDonald Says:

    I also feel deeply that our purpose in life is to help one another on this journey. I admire you so much for taking a sad negative and making it become a real POSITIVE for others, in such a beautiful, compassionate way. I DID grown up in poverty, and violence as well, but was able to find my purpose, regardless, and to become a strong, invincible spirit, still -at 79! I congratulate and encourage you on your commendable journey! You are an inspiration!

    1. Greyson Says:

      Just wanted you to know that Pru is like the coolest name ever.

  7. Reed Says:


    A reader of my blog sent me a link to your blog. I love your idea! It is similar to my Year of Giving where I give $10 every day for a year. I also started my journey to honor my mother who incidentally had an October birthday as well. I look forward to reading the remaining days! Good luck from DC!

    1. Reed- Thanks for the comment. Your blog and project are really interesting. In a way, I wish I had seen it before I started but it’s probably best that I didn’t. My approach is very different in that I don’t try to find out what people do with the money. I really like your ongoing connection with folks, though. Fascinating! I hope to read more when I get a chance. Keep up the great work and thanks for reading. Jill

  8. Lisa Ball Says:

    I know someone who could use your help. Her name is (“M”), in Eugene, and she’s a super talented actor and is directing a play at a local H.S. right now. She struggles as a single mom to take care of her 7 year old son who is an amazing artist, already. You could reply and I’ll send you more info. (thought some of it should be private)You’re onto something here! Blessings.

  9. Karen Says:

    Hi, Jill. I must tell you I am totally in love with your month of hundreds. My mother passed away this month, and her cousin earlier this week, and I have been thinking so much about how this month sucks. Thank you for reminding me things aren’t so bad…there are some real rainbows to look at. You, it seems, are one of them. I actually intend to speak with my sister tonight..maybe we can start our own month of something in my mothers honor. Thank you.

    1. Karen- My condolences on your losses. It is very hard to lose your mom. I have found it really helpful to honor mine in this particular way. I’ve definitely gotten more from the process than it has cost me! Best wishes as you sort through it all and endure the ups and downs of grief. Jill

  10. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Jill. I work at Kaiser so caught the article in “KP in the News”. Your story really touched me and resonated to much of my own childhood and perspectives. Thank you for being brave enough to doing good in a way that makes you really uncomfortable AND sharing your experience with us. I am considering doing something similar now myself. Thanks!

    1. Thank you. Keep us posted! Jill

  11. Paul Says:

    I just read your article sitting here in my office. And I cried. You have touched me deeply with your boldness and willingness to break a “life-command” from which you needed to be free. Thank you for your boldness to do what you did. I posted it on my Facebook page because I believe this story should be shared with all. God bless you!

    1. Paul- Thank you so much for the sweet comment and for sharing the story. I have definitely gotten back way more than it cost me!!

  12. Linda Bray Says:

    What an amazing adventure! All I can say, is, that it must be heavenly to be able to do what you’re doing.
    It truely is better to give than to receive.

    1. Yes, it is. I am the lucky one for sure.

  13. Penny Gruver Says:

    Hello Jill. Reflecting on this ,it seems to me that while you have touched and engaged scores of people with your Month of Hundreds, this is an still a very intimate journey between you, the Spirit of your mother, your money/financial consciousness and the God of your heart. That being said, I don’t know how I could possibly advise you except to say follow your guidance and go with it. I know you will do the right and perfect thing. I am still basking in the reflected glow of your giving heart. Shalom, Penny

  14. Susan Says:

    You have given so selflessly … you’ve helped so many and inspired so many (including myself)… I think it’s hard for other’s to tell you what to do… maybe keep a tucked “C” note in your wallet for the occasion you really feel inspired…

  15. Greyson Says:

    You have passed out to two people I’ve met in my short stay here in Portland, Frank and Tyrone. Being homeless, queer, and very new in town has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Tyrone is truly one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met in my life. I read your entire blog my first night in my new place, and I just cried throughout the entire thing. You are totally amazing. You give me hope!

    1. Greyson- Thank you so much for writing (and reading!). I am so glad you met both of those fine men. I can’t imagine doing what you’re doing; you must be pretty amazing yourself! Keep the hope going, and surround yourself with good people. Jill

  16. Greyson Says:

    Hahah, passed out, as in C notes, not fainted, haha, sorry, it’s four AM, and I’m trying to get some work done.

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