Through Good Times and Bad, Members of the 50% League Dig Deep into Their Pockets to Help Strangers in Need
Earned $16,000 Last Year
Gave Away $8,000
When the temperature soars or dives, Pilar Gonzales wakes up at 6 a.m. and hits the streets around Oakland, handing out coffee and sandwiches to day laborers. In winter she distributes hats and gloves, sometimes lined with $5 bills; in summer she brings water bottles. "One man was so tearful," Gonzales says. "He said, 'Señora, it's like an angel dropped out of heaven.' I said, 'No, señor, I'm just...