Sometimes it’s okay to talk to a stranger
This morning, staff member Stephanie Hodge was at a local grocery store picking up some of the “Red Barrel” bags. You know those barrels: they are in most grocery stores and the contents are donated to food pantries.
As Stephanie was loading her car with the food bags, a stranger approached. He asked if she worked for the agency that would be distributing the food to the hungry, and when she said “yes”, he handed her $100 as a cash donation. And then he walked away.
When she shared this story, it made all of us smile: not because of the $100 donation, but because of the generosity of a stranger, who asked for nothing in return for his gift, not even a tax receipt.
I love anonymous goodness and have the privilege of seeing it often at CCSC. We clearly see it with donors and volunteers, but also with clients. One cold winter day, a homeless man came in looking for a coat, and we were out of warm clothing. Another client overheard the conversation between the man and a volunteer. He stepped forward to give the man his own coat, saying that he had an apartment and couldn’t imagine sleeping on the streets without warmth. This was someone who had come to us needing food and clothing, yet he freely gave away his only coat.
Because I work in a faith-based organization, I am surrounded by spiritually focused people, seeking to live their faith and values in the world. Most of the people I know want to do great things with their lives. Yet I wonder if greatness is in the little moments that comprise our daily lives. Mother Teresa said it best: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”