Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A Season for Giving November 17, 2014

Some stories are meant to be told. I stumbled across one today in a conversation I overheard between mom and dad over dinner. Mom spoke with a woman today who volunteers at a local toy shop that is sourced by a toy drive around the holiday season.

The drive benefits struggling local families who may not be able to afford toys for their children for Christmas. The woman mom spoke with didn’t know what to expect when she volunteered last year, so what happened changed her heart forever.

There was a woman who was getting a couple of books for her children. When she brought them to the volunteer to check out (so to speak), she was crying. Upon initiation of conversation with this woman, the volunteer asked about her children and reassured her they would love the gifts she picked out for them. That’s when the tears really started rolling. Whether her children would like the books was not her concern.The New Look

“No, no, it’s not you,” the woman said. “I’m just so excited to have something to read to my children.”

I’m just so excited to have something to read to my children. Please understand, this is coming from your resident rescued doggie optimist. I’ve lived life as a have and a have not. I know not to take things for granted. But reading is implied. It seems obvious to me. That is until I heard this story.

What a fabulous reminder not only what the season is about, but what sincere giving is about. What living with purpose is about. What paying it forward is about.

Some stories are meant to be shared. What is yours?


3 Responses to “A Season for Giving”

  1. Lyn Says:

    A season for giving indeed, Wiles. Years ago when my children were 1, 3 and 5 years old, and I was raising them on my own, we had a packet of Wheaties and a tin of beetroot in the pantry. We were walking back from picking my daughter up from school and saw a lady standing at our door with two big shopping bags full of groceries. I don’t know where she came from, but she said, “We heard you and the children might like a few things.”
    What a blessing! When things were better for us and I had a part time job, we were able to pass it forward. It is a kindness I’ve never, ever forgotten.

  2. how often we forget how lucky we are!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this story, we often forget that not all things are natural. And we should give a little bit to those who have nothing… at least a smile or a hug, that can mean a lot.

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