Giving Thanks : The Single Serving

Giving Thanks

by Montgomery Area Food Bank on 11/15/13

We are always humbled to receive donations that come with sweet little notes, complimenting us on a job well done or an impactful interview done by a staff member.  But then, every so often, we get a donation that says simply “I’m sorry I can’t do more.” Enclosed in this envelope will be whatever donation that person can give – sometimes a few dollars, sometimes less.

Recently, a donor we’ll call Ms. Rose sent in a beat up dollar and wrote: “I am 84 and have a very small income. Wish I could do more; you have helped me much! God bless.”

I don’t think I need to tell you that Ms. Rose really knocked our socks off. This woman, a senior living on fixed income who has relied on the services we provide to eat, spared what she could to help her neighbors in need. It may not look like much, but it’s everything to the person who will benefit from her generosity.

Letters such as this aren’t exactly common, but you’d be surprised at how many times we open a donation envelope and see a little “I’m sorry I can’t do more” scratched on the margins. These sentiments get us every time. They’re proof that sometimes the biggest blessings don’t come in 6-figure packages, but in the hearts of those who share our passion for this mission.

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and be thankful for all that we have in our lives - this is something we’ve all been taught since kindergarten when we made cut-outs of our hands into colorful turkeys and donned construction-paper pilgrim hats.

But is that enough? Shouldn’t Thanksgiving also be a time to take a look around and say “what can I do to make a difference?”  Or, simply put, shouldn’t we ask ourselves how we can be more like Ms. Rose?

-Jaime Robards

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