Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, while Monty Hall hosted the TV game show Let\u2019s Make a Deal, he gave away money and prizes every single day to contestants who usually arrived in costume, screaming out, \u201cPick me, Monty! Pick me!\u201d But for all that he gave them, it couldn\u2019t compare to the efforts he made for different charities through much of his life. All in honor or a promise from his youth. Back in 1966, Monty gave an interview where he explained, \u201cWhen you have a job, you\u2019re satisfying yourself. When you\u2019re doing charitable work, you\u2019re doing something for someone else. There\u2019s no reason to wait for the ratings, because you know instantly in your heart how you did. Community work is open to everyone. You can\u2019t be fired and every contribution, whatever it may be, is acceptable.\u201d Related: 121 Classic (and Not-So-Classic) TV Sitcoms from the 1970s (Everett Collection) Author Adam Nedeff, who has written quite a number of books on game shows as well as the forthcoming biography of Monty, The Big Dealer, explains that the host felt his role on Let\u2019s Make a Deal was an effective place to launch his charity work. \u201cBeing the host of a hit game show gave Monty a platform where he was in demand to host fundraisers and telethons,\u201d Adam details. \u201cAnd he did every one of them that his calendar would allow him to do.\u201d A Need to Help Others Monty Hall when he was a kid (courtesy Adam Nedeff) In fact, Monty\u2019s family joked to Adam \u2014 though it\u2019s hard to determine if they were really joking \u2014 that even vacations became an excuse to be involved with charity work. If they were intending to spend a week in Hawaii, day one of the vacation would have Monty going to the local ABC affiliate to shoot promotional spots and from there he would visit a children\u2019s hospital as a goodwill gesture \u2014 and write a check for them. \u201cThat\u2019s what their vacations always looked like,\u201d he laughs. \u201cThey always turned into a philanthropic effort.\u201d LET'S MAKE A DEAL, Monty Hall, Carol Merrill (1964), 1963-77 All of which stems back to the time when Monty was a kid. Born in Canada in 1921, his family seldom had much in the way of money. \u00a0It\u2019s a situation that didn\u2019t change as he became a teenager. As Adam explains it, Monty was a child genius and graduated from high school at the age of 14, but because the family couldn\u2019t afford to send him to college, he started working to earn some money. Says Adam, \u201cMonty is on his hands and knees scrubbing the floors of a shop when Max Freed of the Hercules Manufacturing Company, and big into horse racing, comes in. He sees Monty and asks why he isn\u2019t in school and is told that he can\u2019t afford it. Max says, \u2018Come to my office tomorrow and let\u2019s talk about this.\u2019 Next day they sat down and Max told him that he was going to pay for his college education, as well as his food and board. But there were two conditions. First, Monty had to maintain an A average; he wanted to see his report card every quarter. Second, he had to do this kind of thing for somebody else somewhere. So that\u2019s where Monty\u2019s need to give to others came from. He ended up going through college on this guy\u2019s dime and it changed his life. LET'S MAKE A DEAL, Monty Hall, (1969), 1963-77 \u201cThat promise,\u201d he adds, \u201cguided so much of what he did. So did the fact that he grew up without money. His kids told me that that part of his life never went away. They said, \u2018We lived in this nice house in Beverly House and our dad would complain sometimes, because he would look at the portion sizes at dinner and say, \u2018Oh my God, you made too much food. It\u2019s all going to go to waste.\u2019 Or he would say, \u2018Don\u2019t you dare walk out of a room and leave the light turned on.\u2019\u201d LET'S MAKE A DEAL, Monty Hall, Carol Merrill, 1963-1976 Monty\u2019s mindset from being poor was that even when he had money, he tried not to spend too much of it \u2014 and it wasn\u2019t about hoarding. Adam points out, \u201cMonty looked at money in terms of what could be done with it and that inspired him to hold back as much as he could to give away later. He and his wife had enough money that they could go to a fine restaurant for every meal of every day, but rather than do that, they cooked at home. That way he could write a bigger check for Variety Club or whatever other cause it might be. As Monty\u2019s daughter put it, he simply could not say no to something. Monty had to write a check anytime he could.\u201d As far as Monty was concerned, there simply was no other choice. He'd made a deal.