The tremendous social needs that we see all around us are a test for our sensitivity and solidarity. So much neediness is a test for our volunteers. These days “to be or not to be” has become “to give or not to give” as we are faced by the needs of NGOs, of so many families impoverished by the recession, of refugees, victims of naturals disasters, and so on.
In our Home, the “Resi”, we have volunteers and helpers who are a wonderful example to us. Their enthusiasm is contagious. They are capable of giving when they don’t have anything to spare. Actually, these days, nobody has anything to spare... people simply give of what they have. They give creativity. Or effort. They dedicate time. Or resources... And they give what they can of their money. Donating and giving is free for those who receive the help – that’s how it must be. But for the giver, giving has its costly, sacrificial side. And yet, even so, it’s strange how it also brings great satisfaction. It is always “more blessed to give than to receive”. It’s that wonderful paradox of joyful giving. Something that many governments, town and city councils, officialdom in general, seems incapable of understanding.
We are very thankful indeed for the huge effort that our volunteers put into helping the children at our Home. Our thanks will never be enough. It’s a joy to see the sense of satisfaction you bring to your giving. Here in the photo is our friend Nicole, with a big team of volunteers, helping in the upkeep of our Home during one of the initiatives organised this year to support the “Resi”. A big, big thank you to you all!