If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won't either.
~ Marian Wright Edelman (president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund)
Yesterday, my show partner and I got a lesson in generosity from a 9 year old. We received a phone call from a mom who wanted to invite us to her daughter's lemonade stand. Morgan, age 9, won the stand from a local grocery store in a contest. She also won the opportunity to set it up in front of the grocery and keep any money that she made.
Being the little entrepreneur that she is, Morgan (I'm sure with a little help from Mom) picked Memorial Day weekend to set up her Sunkist lemonade stand. She planned on selling cups of lemonade for a $1. Chris (my show partner) and I were floored when Morgan's mom told us that Morgan planned on GIVING HALF of her earnings to our (non-profit) radio station. She was surprised - but proud - when Morgan told her what she wanted to do. To a 9 year old, $20 is like $100! We couldn't have been more humbled. So, today, I cleared my schedule and made the 40 minute drive to meet Morgan and her family so I could say thank you. I happened to have arrived right when Chris and his family did, so it was great to meet Morgan and her family together. The words "Thank You" didn't even begin to convey the gratitude I felt. This is a lesson in generosity I will carry with me for quite some time.
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