You listen to the small talk. “Good soup! Wonder what kind of beans they use?”
These folks came to join in the fellowship after the Sunday Mass. Mostly retired, they live on fixed income, volunteering at the church most days of the week. They were teachers, dental assistants, medics, nurses, librarians, cooks, accountants, and factory workers – some in management, some in the field and mostly individual contributors. At one time they excelled in their areas of ability.
Immersed in simpler living, their casual clothes and no-nonsense frugality puts them in a class of their own. Their generosity and compassion shine brighter than the sun. Would you believe these folks enthusiastically give to the SAS Ai scholarship fund to help these bright kids who are financially poor get a good high school education?
They collectively dismiss the myth that generosity resides only in the wealthier section of the community and that charitable works solely belong to the rich. Donors to our cause believe education is freedom. They prove their point by donating out of their need to the scholarship fund.
“The children must take flight. Education propels them to reach greater heights,” said Mary, a retired missionary school teacher and one time principal. How right on target. How important and relevant the sentiments and beliefs of our donors!
And we are eternally grateful. Like our donors – like Mary, we too believe education is freedom!