What Does Giving Look Like?

When I was growing up, giving looked like a table full of  home made food. My family toiled at making delicious dishes while I delighted in the aromas that filled the house.

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Now that I’m older and have a family of my own, I try to emulate my family’s tradition.

My father is a chef. He grew up in a poor fishing village. As a child he suffered terrible hunger and poverty.

He would always tell me stories about his childhood. How there was no food and many times he would go to bed hungry.

I learned about poverty through my father. I grew up privileged in the sense that I had a roof over my head, food to eat and clothing on my back.

Cooking was an act of giving in our home. My father grew up not having food, so he always made it a point to feed the homeless. He never forgot where he came from.

My father’s life and example taught me to be compassionate toward others in need. Which is why I love supporting organizations like Compassion International. They are doing a wonderful work helping children in need.

Right now, they are having a campaign to raise $20,000 for children living in poverty. If you would like to sponsor a child or donate to the Compassion International Christmas Catalog, please click here.

What does giving look like to you?