A special post by a Special Agent: Ann Rosenfield. Now that some of the hub-bub from the holiday fundraising period has passed, it’s easier to reflect back on how truly remarkable some giving is… I hope you enjoy this… John
Opening the mail as a fundraiser is a window to a better world.
“You don’t have to tell me about being poor” Ed wrote me in sloping, slightly shaky handwriting.
“My mother supported 7 of us when I was a kid. One time I looked at her chequebook and I saw that every month she made rent with just a dollar to spare.”
Enclosed with Ed’s note was a donation cheque for $15.
Sometimes there is no note but the cheque tells a whole story anyway.
A gift for $10 from Edna whose home address was “Basement Apartment” followed by a street address. Somehow life had consigned Edna to a basement but she still had a bit more than what she felt she needed so she send it to charity.
These modest donors make me feel humble.
People who can find a little extra to help someone else even though it sure looks that they don’t have a whole lot to spare.
So thank you Jack. Thank you Edna. And thank you to all of you donors, great and small, but maybe particularly those of you who are small for reminding me about the spirit of philanthropy.