“For it is in giving that we receive.”

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Today is the day where all our social media feeds are blown up by the generosity of our community. Yes we see a plethora of posts encouraging us to give to one organization or another, but for me what is most inspiring is seeing how our community comes together on this day.

For 24 hours Vancouver, no Southwest Washington, comes alive. All over the place folks are gathering, creating community, giving, laughing, and having fun. It reminds me of the beauty of humanity and how true St. Francis of Assisi’s quote is.

So today, whether you decide to give financially or not, remember that our gifts (of time, energy, resources) are more often than not returned tenfold back to us. Pause and remember that there is good in this world and so much of that good is right here in Southwest Washington, a place so many of us call home.

~Jenny Thompson, PAL Executive Director