Today, I was reminded of the power of a community coming together to change a life when I was invited to represent my family’s event rental business at the Austin Gives Generous Business Awards. All of the businesses nominated give generously of their time and money to the Austin community.
Kendra Scott was the guest of honor, and she spoke about her humble beginnings in Austin, Texas. Kendra Scott is known for giving back to numerous non-profit organizations, and her beliefs are reflected in her company’s core values-Family, Fashion and Philanthropy.
I would like to take a minute to remind everyone that a little generosity can go a long way. While philanthropy is associated with donating money, giving does not have to be monetary in nature. You can volunteer at a local school and read with children that need extra one on one reading time. You can volunteer at many of the church pantry or local kitchens that feed the homeless. You can visit elderly patients at a nursing care facility. You can walk dogs at the local animal shelters. There is an opportunity to give back whatever your special interests and passions may be.
Tennis legend Arthur Ashe said “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” No gift is too little. You may never know the joy you bring to someone that you help, but isn’t that the point of giving? We do it not for reward, but because we have a sincere desire to help others and brighten their day. We may never know the full impact that our giving will have on a life, but even if you help just one person, you have made a difference.
Thank you to Kelly Barber and Truluck’s for inviting me to be your guest. My heart is full from the stories of compassion and I am moved to help others around me. Please join me, and start a movement within your heart!
Congratulations to the winners in each category: Charitable Champions- Hoar Construction; Big Hearts- Round Rock Express Baseball Club; Bold Givers- Keller Williams Realty International; Community Leaders- Seton Healthcare Family!