Updated: Jan 29, 2019
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” — Matthew 6:3-4
Beyond the tremendous financial support throughout the year from donors, and church and community partners, there are many who give very generously and wish to remain anonymous. They are local individuals, families, businesses and even notable philanthropists.Their one-on-one blessings to our families at times of crisis or during holiday seasons warm our hearts for sure, but also make huge impacts on the lives of our neighbors who face daily challenges. Lost wages, illness and eviction are just some of the difficulties some face.
One mother, who donated a gift card to help a single mom purchase gifts for her children, sent this text: “Please tell her God sees her, knows her heart, loves her and her kids, and puts a plan in place. I’m privileged to be part of His will … He kept nagging me.” She added in a later text: “I’m so thankful to be able to help. Back in my single years, I was in extreme need many times. Several people came alongside me and kept me afloat; they prevented me from becoming homeless.” This mother paid forward the blessing God had done in her life, living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, which says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Another example is the day we unexpectedly received a phone call from a local racing notable. He and his daughter asked to meet one of our most needy families with sick children one evening at a store to purchase food, household items and Christmas gifts. This was done secretly; no one in the store took his picture or made a commotion. The family most likely did not even know the public profile of their generous benefactor.
God gets the glory when even one heart is moved to sacrificially help another. At Caterpillar, we get to witness this over and over again. Thank you, Father!