Humbled by Generosity

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 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.

2 Responses to Humbled by Generosity

  1. Carol Webster says:

    Ty is our grandson, and we are very proud of him for helping to collect food on Halloween, for the Roadrunner Food Bank,instead of going out for candy, as most children do on Halloweeen. Jenn, and David (my daughter-in-law and son) are wonderful parents and are teaching Ty to think about others who are less fortunate, even on a “fun” night such as Halloween. Some children and families don’t get to experience the “fun” part of halloween, because of their circumstances, and hopefully the food he helped to collect will help them, and encourage others to help also. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and it would be wonderful if Ty’s effort is just the start of a more caring community to share with those who are having a difficult time of it.

  2. Donna Musiet says:

    We all are aware of the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”, but we can also say “It takes a child to awaken a village”, or at least have us all reflect on the plentitude of gifts bestowed upon us and our moral and ethical obligation to share such “gifts” with those less fortunate than we. I could not be prouder of Jenn (my daughter) and Ty (my grandson)as they strive to make a difference in the world on a daily basis.

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