The most successful lawyer in town had never made a contribution to the Red Cross. The chairman of the Red Cross, Mr. Wilson, called on the lawyer, hoping to convince him to make a donation.
"You made over $600,000 last year but you haven't given anything back to the community. How do you reconcile that?"
The lawyer sighed, leaned forward and said, "If you only knew...
My mother is terminally ill; her medical bills far exceed her income. My brother is a disabled veteran, blind and in a wheelchair. My sister is raising three children alone since her husband died in an auto accident."
Mr. Wilson offered his sympathy, admitting he had no idea there were so many demands on the lawyer's profits.
The lawyer nodded and said, "Exactly... Why should I give to the Red Cross when I don't even give to my own family!"