In the story "A gift that gave back", it uses numbers in three separate instances; age, dates, and money. The author is very careful to use the numbers in such a way as to not confuse the readers. They are used far apart in the story and don't make it overwhelming at all. The numbers are directly from the soures themselves, the ages and dates derived from interviews. There is a sum of money that was collected as donation that is sighted in the story, which also comes directly from the source. The author used the numbers very effectively in the story and it helped the reader fathom the intense amount of money raised and to relate to the people in the story by telling their age.
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