Blog post by Sibyl W, a Kindness Investor from Brentwood, Tenn.
Around lunch time, I ran out to do a bit of grocery shopping at Walmart because they seem to have the best prices. Getting out of my car I noticed an SUV with its back hatch open and several people eating and talking inside. Not wanting to scare anyone, I cautiously went up to the car and explained who I was and what I was doing. I handed Pam, the adult in the group of three, a printout of the “About” page from the Year of Giving website and she said she’d be happy to be my recipient of the day.
I asked her how her day was going and she replied, “I’m here in Nashville with my granddaughters and we’re having a picnic. Their parents are at a leadership retreat with their church and so I’m taking care of the girls and we’re just doing fun things today. So the $10 dollars will just about cover the Bubbles I bought and the hot dogs, chips and drink.”
I handed her the ten dollars and she said, “Well God bless you. Thank you! My husband and I are the benevolence ministers at our church so I’m used to giving it out, not receiving it.”
That of course reminded me of a quote by St. Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive.”