Posted on: November 24, 2014
The Season of Giving
by Keeva Young-Wright, President of the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation
She was small in stature but massive in influence. With only an elementary-level education, she had an endless pool of wisdom from which to draw. She was my first and most powerful example of generosity, and yet to a less discerning eye, it may seem she didn’t have much to give.
She, was my grandmother, Mabel Edwards, and she had strongly-held beliefs about giving. “It is better to give than to receive,” she would say. I also fondly remember her empowering words, “Everyone has something to give.”
But many of us are intensely conflicted about giving. To whom do I give? How much do I give? Will my contribution be enough to have an impact? The needs are endless and our capacity to give surely has boundaries. The opportunities to give are numerous, sometimes paralyzing us with choices. Therein lies the conflict.
The lesson my grandmother imparted is that there is a way and a place for all of us to give. For many, that will be right here in our own community.
December 2, 2014 is Giving Tuesday. Like Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Giving Tuesday will now be an annual event in America. Perhaps someday, it will enjoy the stature on our calendars of its more festive counterparts. Northern Westchester Hospital will participate in Giving Tuesday and we’ll ask our friends and neighbors to Give. We’ll ask the community to write get-well cards for patients who will need to spend their holidays away from their families and in hospital beds. Last year, hundreds of you responded sending beautiful words of encouragement to people you’ll never meet. It was inspiring.
We’ll ask you to give money, to ensure that our community hospital has the technology, programs and equipment needed to provide excellent care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.
Some will be able to give a little, and others will be able to give more. But regardless of what you’re able to give, remember that on the other end of your generosity to Northern Westchester Hospital is a person who will benefit greatly from your gift. And I hope it feels as good to you, as I know it will to them because the other thing my grandmother was fond of saying is, “without your health, you have nothing,” and together, that is something we can provide to our community.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Season of Giving.