Posted by: joshjasper | December 10, 2009

The Gift of Giving

Last night’s dinner discussion  in our home was about our Christmas budget.  The gift list hanging on the refrigerator seems to grow everyday.   And if you were wondering,  my Grandma wins the Lifetime Achievement Award for most difficult to shop for.  Last night we sat at the dinning  room table, plotting the course of how to check everyone off the list and still have food on the table at the end of the month.

Buying gifts for the people you care most about certainly is rewarding.  This feeling got me thinking about another gift given to one of our clients recently.  Our Legal/Medical Advocate had a client that was sexually abused and feared for her well-being in her home.  This fear was so great that it was determined that she must  replace the locks on all of the doors of her house.  

Take a moment and think about that type of fear…being afraid to be in your own home.

We’re a nonprofit organization that provides all of our services for free.  Extra money can be difficult to come by, even when we need it for the most worthy of causes.  Thankfully, due to the work of our advocate and the generosity of a local group, $160 was donated to purchase and install the new locks for our client.  I can only imagine the appreciation that our client felt for this incredible gift.  As our advocate was relaying this incident to me, I could feel how good she felt about being able to help someone in need. 

Psychologists say that it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift.  We would not have the dedicated staff that we do if this was not an absolute certainty.



  1. It is because you have staff who are willing to take the extra step, and go above and beyond their job descriptions that makes Riverview such a top notch agency. Well done! Thanks for caring!

  2. Wow ! This blows me away to think of how sexual abuse and domestic Violence is on the rise and there are not enough shelters to accomodate the population.Thankfulness is a gift and so is Riverview. Thank you for the service you provide.

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