In his late 90s, Russ Gremel decided it was time to donate $2 million worth of stock to the Illinois Audubon Society. Then, he went and adopted an elderly Chihuahua.
The money is going toward the bird charity purchasing nearly 400 acres of land — habitat for a couple hundred species of birds, and a place for people to enjoy and learn about nature.
Gremel, now 98 years old, said he decided to make the donation while he was still alive so he could be among those who spend time in the Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary.
“A lot of people will be able to use it,” he told TODAY. “It makes me happy.”
Gremel was able to make this remarkable donation because he purchased $1,000 worth of Walgreens stock some seven decades ago.
While the stock’s value grew and grew, as the Chicago Tribune reported, Gremel’s spartan lifestyle meant he didn’t need this amassing fortune.
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