Bestselling writer John Grisham and his wife will contribute $5 million US to a relief fund they established this week at a Tupelo bank to help Mississippians rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
"We don't normally publicize gifts. It's something we keep extremely private," Grisham said Friday during a conference call with the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and officials with BancorpSouth.
"But in these very, very rare circumstances -- this tragic time -- we hope the gift will get some attention and inspire other people to contribute money and help our fellow Mississippians on the Gulf Coast," said Grisham, who maintains a home in Oxford, Miss.
Grisham has always struck me as an attractively modest individual, and this news makes me want to stand up and cheer. He's right--while under normal circumstances it isn't appropriate to brag about our charitable work, there are times when talking about our own contributions can encourage others to take similar action.
Here's the website: RebuildTheCoastFund.org