Drip Thanks You
...and sobs in sentiment. Plus, SOS.

by Jeff Fischer (TMFJeff@aol.com)

ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 25, 1998) -- Today we thank DLJ Securities for downgrading Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). This potentially gives us an opportunity to buy more shares at a lower price.

Today we also thank you. Without your input, the Drip Port and The Motley Fool wouldn't be nearly what it is. The community on our message boards is the most lively and personable offering that the Fool provides -- and it's created by all of you; meaning, by "us." (In fact, many Fool employees are simply recruited from the message boards. It's a great way to find excellent Fools who want to be Fools full-time.)

Beyond that, today the Drip Port presents the Fool's second annual Share Our Strength charity drive. Last year, Fools everywhere raised over $120,000 to feed, shelter and educate people across the country. With Share Our Strength, we aim to help even more people this year.

If you currently have food, a roof over your head, and an education, you have much more than many people. Granted, you probably earned it, but not everyone has the same opportunities. Many people begin with none. If you can share any of your success, even in the smallest way, perhaps you'll help make the world brighter for others. The Fool decided to partner with Share Our Strength, after readers suggested it, precisely because the foundation is so efficient at helping people to meet basic survival needs, and then, importantly, to build a better life on their own.

We're very proud to help with their cause.

If you'd like to help as well, there are several ways to do so. The first is to simply post on the Fool's Web message boards (http://www.boards.fool.com). For every post that you make between now and the end of the year, the Fool is donating 2 more cents to Share Our Strength. Posting is completely free, as is all of the Fool site. To post you only need to register, which takes two minutes (and the process throws some good jokes at you along the way).

The second way to help others is simple: give. Give of your time, or share kind words, or share "opportunity" by giving money to meaningful causes. Only if you wish to (because like investing, decisions of this sort should not be forced on you!), know that you can donate any amount to Share Our Strength through the Fool, from $5 to $5,000 -- whatever you care to. Being a pioneer in online charity, the Fool has worked to make giving as easy as possible for those who want to.

Before investing a penny in helping others, however, you should make certain that your money will be used very well. To see what Share Our Strength is doing, how we (meaning you and the Fool) helped people last year -- and how we plan to help this year -- please read about The Motley Fool Charity Fund. (You can also give stock to charities, tax free -- there is information about that there, too.)

The Drip Port wants to make a donation as well. Accounting for a charitable donation in our daily numbers, however, would be very confusing! Instead, we'll donate a month's investment to the cause behind the scenes, and we'll imagine that the Drip Port had saved twice as much for next month's investment. So, it won't be shown in the port numbers, but Drip Port itself is donating an extra month's worth of savings to this cause. Even a small $2,400 portfolio can find room to give to a worthy cause like SOS once a year.

Why are we saving and investing anyway? Presumably in hopes of a better future. Not just for ourselves, but for whatever causes we support and believe in.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Be the Fool at your table. Help your family become more Foolish! Talkin' DRPs is more interesting dinner conversation than politics!

(Remember to post more this month, when you have something to say, to automatically help others! Make the Fool GIVE. The message boards are linked in the top right of this page! Fool on!)

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11/25/98 Close

Stock Close Change JNJ 82 13/16 -2 7/16 INTC 109 3/4 - 11/16 CPB 58 1/16 - 9/16 MEL 63 1/4 + 3/8
Day Month Year History Drip (1.25%) 11.36% 29.82% 10.56% S&P 500 0.33% 8.03% 22.30% 24.76% Nasdaq 0.98% 12.07% 26.42% 24.56% Last Rec'd Total # Security In At Current 11/02/98 8.055 CPB $52.880 $58.063 09/01/98 9.727 INTC $80.238 $109.750 11/09/98 8.578 JNJ $74.090 $82.813 10/07/98 1.000 MEL $48.560 $63.250 Last Rec'd Total # Security In At Value Change 11/02/98 8.055 CPB $425.95 $467.69 $41.74 09/01/98 9.727 INTC $780.50 $1067.58 $287.08 11/09/98 8.578 JNJ $635.55 $710.37 $74.82 10/07/98 1.000 MEL $48.56 $63.25 $14.69 Base: $2100.00 Cash: $162.88** Total: $2471.76

The Drip Portfolio has been divided into 89.430 shares with an average purchase price of $23.482 per share.

The portfolio began with $500 on July 28, 1997, adds $100 on the 1st of every month, and the goal is to have $150,000 in stock by August of the year 2017.

**Transactions in progress:
10/24/98: Sent $40 to buy more INTC.
11/24/98: Sent $100 to buy more MEL