With Great Joy

Through the years, we’ve seen some unique and special gifts at The Salvation Army. Every year during Christmas, rare coins, rings or jewelry find their way anonymously into our Red Kettles. We’ve also been blessed by the outpouring of support from the community when we have a specific need, such as diapers and wipes at our Center of Hope shelter.

We received a gift last week that especially touched our hearts: $20 tucked inside an envelope with this note:

Dear Salvation Army, I really wanted to give my $20 that I earned from dog-sitting to give to the homeless. Then, my grandpa told me about the Salvation Army so I want to give this to you with great joy.

-Reagan, age 9

P.S. Send love to the person that you chose to give it to he/her.

Reagan, you are an inspiration. Your gift reminds us of Jesus’s own words in Luke 21 as he shares the parable of the widow’s mite. “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on” (Luke 21:1-4).

You have given sacrificially – sharing the resources for which you worked so hard. You could have used this money to buy toys or games for yourself to enjoy. And, that would have been reasonable. But, instead, you chose to think of others. For that, we thank you. We also thank you for inspiring us each to live, as Philippians 2:3 says, counting others more significant than ourselves.

Reagan, you are a shining example of generosity. May we also find it in our hearts to share more of our resources with those in need, just as you have led the way.

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Will you match Reagan’s gift? Let’s show her how her generosity has inspired a movement in our community. Donate

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