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  • Jennifer Filzen

The Virtues of Giving



Photo by Jackson David on Unsplash

Giving is as much of a blessing to the giver as it is to the receiver.

Please bear in mind, that’s not why we do it. We give because we see someone who needs a lending hand or because we remember being in a tough spot ourselves at one time or another. We offer our jackets to those shivering in the rain, spare our last dollar for someone who looks especially hungry, or let a neighbor borrow our shovel every once and a while. We even allow people to merge in front of us on the highway (as much as we don’t want to do it), not because we have to, but because it feels good. It’s a blessing to receive, but it’s a blessing to give, too.


Giving means having. What a gift it is to have what we have, even if it’s not much. Giving aids us in bonding with those around us and creates community and fellowship within our networks. Giving is freeing -- literally and figuratively. To give is to let go of something you don’t use anymore and give it new life. It is cleansing to let things go, especially those things we don’t need anymore. 


Above all, giving is transformative. You transform the physical object you are giving from an unused, unappreciated item to a lifeline for someone else. When you give to someone, you change their lives. If not the trajectory of the whole thing, you are at least transforming their moment, trial, or tribulation. You transform yourself in the act of giving, from a bystander to an active participant in the mission of goodwill. 


Here at Cars 2nd Chance, we’ve never lost sight of the power of giving. We are endlessly thankful for the generosity and compassion of our community. It’s our most tremendous honor to serve the people around us and give as much as we receive. We get to spend each day reminded of the power of giving and the virtue that follows it. Our donors don’t just give for the tax right offs or the extra room in their garage (though these are undeniable perks), but for the opportunity to brighten someone else’s day. Week after week, month after month, year after year, we get to fill our scrapbook with examples of selfless giving.  

Thanks for reading! We hope that being reminded of the moral nature of giving helped inspire you to donate today, whether to us or someone else. You can support our mission by buying a donated vehicle, giving us a cash donation, or telling your loved ones about what we do. If you’re ready to feel that feeling of delight that comes exclusively from giving to others, consider donating a vehicle to us. Your donation will help us provide relief to someone who needs a helping hand right now. Reach out to cars2ndchance@gmail.com to donate a car that runs, or send an email to clunkers4charity@gmail.com to donate a vehicle that does not run. 


And don’t forget about the Charitable Wine Raffle being hosted later this month by the Rotary Club. The fun is taking place on March 17, 2022, and you’re invited! Tickets are only $25, and all proceeds help Clayton’s Children’s Park.

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