Ward had two choices:
- give Jerry what he wanted to buy for this mother
- let Jerry earn it and shop himself
Giving seems to be the best way to celebrate the season, right? Making the boy earn it would put off gratification and show true generosity, wouldn’t it?
What if letting Jerry earn it was the better thing to do?
I think Ward’s story is one of the great examples of how we can give the right way at Christmas (and any other time of the year). Using his creativity, ingenuity and sense of care for people, Ward found a way to give the boy dignity, self-worth and accomplishment.
Ward was patient and, I’m sure, developed a relationship with the boy, growing even stronger as Jerry earned his gift money.
Imagine what Jerry’s life could be like today because of what he learned that Christmas with Ward.
Ward’s story is what non-Toxic Charity is all about. I’m glad others had a chance to hear Ward’s story this morning.
Thanks to Ward for sharing his story at Gayton this morning, and thanks to you for sharing generously this Christmas season.