[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It is the time of year when we reflect on the things and people for which we are thankful. I always think of my mother, who died from cancer in 2008. There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not think of her. My mother wasn’t a wealthy woman, if you are counting by net worth. However, my mother was wealthy if you are counting by how much she loved, cared, laughed, and gave.

As a mother myself, my daughter is 8 years old, I struggle sometimes to find ways to instill in her a sense of charity and giving back. In this day and age, how do you give your child “a better life than you had” and yet raise them to be grateful? I often find myself telling her stories of my childhood, and in particular, stories about my mother.

I remember being a child and going with my mother to the Red Cross, where she regularly donated blood. When I asked her “Why do you always let them stick a needle in your arm,” mother would always reply, “Because this will help save a life.” She always told me that giving blood was the one thing that anyone could do to give back, regardless of how much (or in our case, how little) money you have. That had a profound effect on me and it’s something I remember to this day. As a result, I am still a big supporter of the Red Cross and, like my mother, give blood as often as physically possible.

The moral to this story is your words, actions, gifts and contributions impact people in more ways than you may realize. My mother planted the seed of giving in me at a very young age.

Are you planting a seed of giving?


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