Each week, two hard-working American families who are experiencing financial setbacks will each be presented with a briefcase containing $101,000. They get to spend the $1,000 any way they want, and have 72 hours to learn details about each other’s challenging circumstances and make a potentially life-changing decision about what to do with the remaining $100,000.
What the families didn't know, however, is that the family with whom they are considering sharing this financial windfall received an identical briefcase with the same instructions. Throughout their journeys, relationships within both families will be tested and beliefs questioned as they find out what really matters most in their lives, and how much importance they place on values such as love, generosity, compassion and faith.
I was given the opportunity to preview the premiere episode. I have been on an emotional roller coaster as much as the families were in the show. Tears couldn't help running down my cheeks as the families struggle to weigh their own needs against those of the other family. I can't possibly imagine what I would do if I were in their shoes, but I do realize how lucky I am to have everyone in my family happy and healthy even though we are not financially well-off. I don't want to give away too many spoilers. What I can say is that the ending is both surprising and heartwarming.