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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!

Stories of Generosity - Eleanor Floyd (Sandwich)

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…”

Stories of Generosity - Anita Zurbrugg (DeKalb)

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.”

Stories of Generosity - Iyanla Ross (DeKalb)

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.”

Stories of Generosity - John Rey (DeKalb)

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.”

Stories of Generosity - Ben Keierleber (Sycamore)

Listen to Ben's story of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) and the impact it has had on his life.

“I’ve learned a lot about philanthropy in the community and what I can do for nonprofits.”

Stories of Generosity - Jasmine Jackson (DeKalb)

Hear Jasmine's definition of generosity and why it's important.

“Doing something good for everybody involved and not just yourself.”

Stories of Generosity - Lynette Spencer (DeKalb)

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.”

Stories of Generosity - Jason Bolles (DeKalb)

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.”

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