In the book, The Prophet, written by Kahlil Gibran, there is a chapter called, “On Giving.”
In that chapter is the following quote:
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked,
And to the open-handed the search for one
Who shall receive is joy greater than giving,
And is there aught you would withhold?
All you shall some day be given;
Therefore give now; that the season of giving
May be yours…
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is full of giving people. I saw hundreds of them at our annual Golf Classic. There were about 140 of them dressed in golf attire braving the sweltering heat on a very beautiful golf course. Each of them had paid for the golf, but most had contributed so much more!
The joy of giving!
By the same token, our Volunteer Manager, Dave Tirsell, works with corporations who are thrilled to volunteer on our build sites. Some, like Schneider Electrical, want to adopt a home and make the magic work. Other groups work on our homes for a few hours and recharge their employees by laughing and building morale.
Giving unasked…there is nothing like it.
This month I want to tell all our donors and volunteers that you are amazing. That includes former board members like Heidi Sharp, Brian Crabtree, Derek Miller, and Dawn Drozd (and many more). It includes all our current board members led by our Chair, Mashell Carissimi – who sets a very high bar for giving.
And it captures each of our amazing staff, whose daily actions, make us who we are. Truly, I love and appreciate each of them.
The work will continue long after any of us are around. Equally sustaining will be the feelings of appreciation that we have for the builders and the givers who never give up on our affiliate and who put love into action every time they grace our path.
With every best wish,