John Lawson and Carla Stone on their wedding day.

John Lawson and Carlana Stone on their wedding day.

Circumstances don’t create our character — they reveal it.

This past spring, Oprah Winfrey produced a reality charity show, Oprah’s Big Give, where contestants were challenged to find and help people in need. Ten charitable people were chosen in a nationwide search to compete on the show. One of the contestants — Carlana Stone, currently of Glendale, Calif.,