When Rebecca discovered her third-grade class would be spending their field trip at a local donation centre, she wasn’t very excited. She didn’t really think they’d learn a lot from going through old clothes and household items. However, as they toured the facility, they talked about what it means to be homeless. Some of the people working there were residents from the local shelter. Rebecca had never met a homeless person before, and she was a bit surprised that they were very much like the grownups in her neighbourhood.
What If I Was Homeless?
The tour ended in a big room lined with bins where Rebecca and her class spent time sorting donations. Bag after bag of clothing was opened, examined, and each item put where it belonged. On the bus ride home, Rebecca couldn’t help thinking about what it would be like if her family didn’t have a home. She thought about her big warm room, her closet full of clothes and toys, her weekly allowance. She felt lucky to have so much, and decided she wanted to share it.
Deciding to Share
Eight-year-old Rebecca is not wealthy, but she understands abundance. Whether you have a little or a lot, abundance starts with gratitude. When you’re grateful for what you have, you want to share it with others. This Lenten season, Rebecca is choosing items from her closet and setting aside a portion of her $2.25 allowance each week to give to those in need. “Giving doesn’t just make other people feel good, it makes you feel good that you have the power to show people that you love them,” she says. Her generosity is inspiring the grownups around her to recognize their own abundance and give more generously.
It’s About Depth of Your Heart
Abundance Canada works with some of our country’s most generous people. For these individuals, living generously is not about the size of their bank accounts; it’s about the depth of their hearts. Like little Rebecca, they give because they want to share what they have. They are passionate about the charities they choose to support, and they eagerly seek out ways to express their generosity. Abundance can help you give generously, too. Gift consultants will meet with you, listen to your story, and help you develop a personalized plan for faithful, joyful giving.
By Sarah-Jane Downing, guest LLG Contributor