A gift I wasn’t expecting
Now it’s December 3, 2023, again the night of our Providence Network Christmas Store. Again I get to sit down and chat with Melinda, but only briefly as I’m also running the event. Her and her two daughters are there and seem to be having a lovely time. It’s the end of the night. I’m tired, and I have some extra ginger-bread houses I need to give away, so I go over to give an “oreo house” (very cool btw! At Sam’s) to Melinda.
She gladly accepts and then she does something that surprises me. She says, “And I have something for you!” Let me tell you why that surprised me. I’m not used to receiving gifts from residents, or alumni. I had just spent all this time organizing an event to give gifts to them! Not the other way around! Working in Development, I guess, you get used to the generosity of people flowing into the organization. But then, I suppose, it shouldn’t surprise me when generosity begets generosity.
As of late, I’ve seen the new guys at Silver Lining House, our home for young men on Broadway, also wanting to give back. They’ve made a meal for those experiencing homelessness, hosted dinners and invited lots of friends in recovery. They too are on their own journey of transformation!