During 2018, the DeKalb County Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary with a number of exciting activities to celebrate, thank, and give back to the community. One of these activities included partnering with WNIJ to record listening sessions around the community. We call these Stories of Generosity. The prompt was simple. Each person was asked to define generosity or to share a story of a time where they heard about, witnessed, or experienced generosity (giving of one’s time, talent, or treasure).
Below is a collection of these stories. Each is unique and provides inspiration for the care and concern of others. Thanks for listening!
Hear Eleanor's story of generosity from a time when she was in 2nd grade and students got behind an idea to help hurricane victims in Haiti.
“My best friend, she heard about it on the news and decided to go to the principal with an idea to…”
Listen to Anita's story of generosity beginning with the example set by her parents and reinforced later in life after the loss of a loved one.
"My parents related generosity to community and I don’t think you can separate those two terms because one goes with the other.”
Hear Iyanla's story of generosity as her family moved from Chicago to DeKalb and took in other families to help those in need.
“I’m glad that my mom and my family can help other people.”
Hear John's story of generosity during the adoption of their second child.
“She was more concerned with the love that the home could give the child rather than the revenue generated for the agency.”
Hear Jasmine's definition of generosity and why it's important.
“Doing something good for everybody involved and not just yourself.”
Hear Lynette's story about a little 10-year-old boy who wanted to give a donation to Adventure Works, Inc.
“It was the kindest, sweetest gesture that I’ve seen from a child.”
Hear Jason's story of generosity as he experienced a traumatic event in his life.
“Generosity is more than material things; it’s taking time out of your time during the day to care about someone else.”