A Generous Time
by Ann Higgins, Director of Development
We have heard so many adjectives used to describe this current era, as we navigate life during a global pandemic—historic, unprecedented, strange, interesting, weird, scary, and the list goes on! But a word I have rarely heard used in this way is generous. Amongst all the shortages we are seeing (think toilet paper and hand sanitizer), I have noticed generosity everywhere.
In my town, near New York City, there have been efforts to collect donations for medical supplies and to provide food and snacks to hospital staff, restaurants are donating meals to essential workers, while others are giving their time to make masks for those who need them, teachers are voluntarily providing childcare for essential workers, and children are sending notes and messages to the elderly where visitors are prohibited. The list goes on. What an encouragement to witness these acts of kindness. This spirit of generosity is what #GivingTuesdayNow is all about.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Participating in #GivingTuesdayNow is about joining a global movement for generosity in whatever way you are able. Whether you give your voice, goods, your time, or your money, being generous is a way to reflect the generous God that we serve and to show your support for the causes you care about and help people in need.
At Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost, our needs may not be as urgent as some who have been more directly impacted by COVID-19, but we do know of camp families who have experienced job losses and reduced income these past few months and will need financial assistance in order to attend camp. If you are so led, a donation to camp’s Scholarship Fund on May 5 would be greatly appreciated to offset this need. Alternatively, an unrestricted gift would allow for camp to use the funds where they are most needed which would be particularly helpful as Camp has already experienced lost revenue from the shortened conference season.
We know that this unprecedented, weird, scary, (you name it), time will pass. We also know that our generous God will provide for His work at camp to continue; still, your support at this time helps sustain the ministry and ensures that lives will continue to be transformed through a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, the One who is our all in all. May you feel a generous outpouring of God’s presence and provision now and in the coming days.
Ann Higgins is the Director of Development for Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost where the best part of her job is interacting with the thankful and generous camp family that supports our mission. You can reach her at email@example.com