"Double Blessing challenges us to reframe our perception of blessing, seeing God's gifts as opportunities for increased generosity." —Pastor Louie Giglio

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The Statue of Liberty was concieved by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi to ommemorate America’s 100th birthday

It was a Joint effort between France & US France – Statue; The United States had the responsibility for raising the money to build the base and France raised the money for the actual statue.

Raising the money in the US was extremly difficult, Newspapers mocking idea.

Slide # 8 Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian Immigrant fought in Civil War bought on to the vision. He set a goal for his readers of the “World” to give $100,000.

"The World is the people’s paper and it now appeals to the people to come forward and raise the money. The statue, he said, was paid for by "the masses of the French people. Let us respond in like manner. Let us not wait for the millionaires to give this money. It is not a gift from the millionaires of France to the millionaires of America, but a gift of the whole people of France to the whole people of America."

The African Amererican newspapers across the country joined the call. Money came in a dollar at a time, from Grandmothers & paperboys. Pennies from school children

On June 15, 1885, the Statue of Liberty - arrived August 11, 1885, front page of World proclaimed, "$100,000"

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