I believe that people who are too vocal about their good works are undermining the effectiveness. Giving is a personal thing and doesn't require any fanfare. People in need are uncomfortable with their plight and certainly don't want a bunch of people noticing it, talking about them, taking photos and posting them on Facebook. But part of the cost of making a difference is seeking public support. So here I am, declaring my intention, and being humbled by the praise people feel compelled to offer. I'm not giving as much as I once did, but instead am spending a lot of time driving around getting other people's gifts to those in need. Now that my assets are slim, I'm just one of them, being grateful for all the stuff in my car, sharing a meal, accepting help unloading, being part of their community, not some high-and-mighty benefactor with wings.
Thank you for the support, the donations, the food, the shampoo, the socks, the sleeping bags. Thank YOU for giving, since I have so little to give. All I can share is my time and my heart, and we all do that every day, in one way or another. Don't praise me for doing the right thing. But do celebrate that we live in a time and place where people want to take care of one another, when there is bounty and extra, where sharing makes us all feel more connected.