A beggar who has become the biggest donor

Fragrance of Success

“To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.”

… Max Beerbohm

                       A 100-year-old beggar in a threadbare coat, “Grandpa” Dobri, is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria – a symbol of goodness in a country ravaged by poverty and corruption. For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth tens of thousands of euros. And he has given it all to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. This has made him the largest private donor of the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral even as he maintains an ascetic lifestyle. “He gave us 35,700 leva (18,250 euros, $24,900) in 2009, while living a life deprived of all comfort,” Bishop Tikhon, Chairman of the cathedral’s trustees board, told AFP.Several  smaller monasteries and churches also…

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