Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Nice Modest Needs Story
One of the things I love about Modest Needs is that they send you an e-mail when one of the grant requests to which you've contributed has been fully funded. The e-mail includes a thank-you note from the recipient.
One of these e-mails came last week. The thank-you note was warm and heartfelt, which of course made me (and, presumably, everyone else who contributed) feel good. But what touched me most was the recipient's response to the organization's standard question, "Will you consider becoming a donor yourself?"
This person is planning to give five dollars a year, "until I can afford more."
The Widow's Mite springs instantly to mind. Five bucks is some folks' daily Starbucks budget -- which is great, if you have it -- but probably represents a much more substantial sacrifice for this recipient.