Thursday’s national day of gratitude touched upon one type of giving — the giving of thanks for the blessings that we have received.
This Tuesday — GivingTuesday — highlights another type of giving, one which Ketchikan has practiced for many years and one that’s needed even more as the pandemic continues.
Although the concept of “GivingTuesday” has been around since just 2012, generosity itself is eternal.
“Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give,” according to information from the GivingTuesday organization.
Indeed. And these are actions we’ve seen Ketchikan residents taking for many, many years.
At the moment, the pandemic has strained the local economy and the peace of mind of many residents. The needs are growing, and the near-term future remains unclear. While the reflex is to hold on tightly to the things we possess, cheerful giving can be of great benefit to indiviudal community members and to the broader community itself.
Benefits accrue to the giver, too. As the good Lord said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
So, on this GivingTuesday — and every day thereafter — what can we give? From a simple, gracious gesture to a generous donation of funds or goods, each has value. Better yet, these are things that Ketchikan residents have done time and again.
It’s one local tradition that’s especially worth continuing.