Last week I was humbled by generosity. In came in the form of a 7 year old boy named Ty and his mother Jenn. It was the simplest of gestures, but it reminded me of how a gift can have ramifications on us all. An encouraging gesture of what even a 7 year old can do and will do to help the less fortunate, and likely people that he may never meet.
Ty is a typical child, but atypical in his generosity. It was Halloween night and rather than going around asking for “Trick or Treats” he and his mother decided to try something different. They asked neighbors to “Trick or Donate” and collected food for the Food Bank instead. He gave up collecting a bag of candy to provide food to hungry people. Little 7 year old Ty thought of the needs of others long before he thought of his own personal wants and desires.
Ty hoped and mom Jenn did too that the neighborhood would respond. And they did. It took him and his mom two hours and a red wagon to haul in the load of food they collected for hungry people in our community on All Hallows’ Eve.
Ty’s actions and the support of an obviously caring and encouraging mother humbled me. It was as a reminder about why serving others and our community can be so meaningful. The saying, “You get more when you give,” still holds true, at least for me and I think for Ty and his mom too.
I write all of this to you fellow reader because it is November and many of us feel compelled to do something to support our community, to support the needs of our neighbors, and to “pay it forward” for all the things we are grateful for in our own lives. And as Thanksgiving approaches I would venture to guess that there is something you too are thankful for.
If you are seeking ways to help, the Food Bank has many activities to take part in and get involved in November. Simply visit www.rrfb.org/hfd for a plethora of suggestions. The bottom of the page has a quick link to a calendar of activities taking place over the holiday season.
Whether or not you support the Food Bank this holiday season with a gift of food or funds or both, find a charity, a person, something you care about and take action to help. Gifts come in all sizes and shapes, even in the form of a 7 year old boy doing something unexpected that changes our perspective on things or gently reminds us of what is important every day.
So reader, I bestow a gift on you. Recognize that moment the gift arrives. When a person like little Ty moves you to change, to re-open your heart, or be reminded of your purpose and mission to take an action and be involved in your community.
Sonya Warwick is the Communications Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank.