Giving Back Matters
Updated: Jan 19, 2018
Growing up in a row home in Philly, raised by working class parents we were shown often about how to behave in this world that we all share together. We were taught that we were all the same, none of us different or special. My parents and grandparents often gave back in little ways and some not so little ways. Never was there a long speech to go along with such an example. We knew that was how you behaved simply by observing the adults around us. When thinking about all these different ways I came up with many stories to share but chose just one to give to you today.
Learning from those around me
When I was little my Grandparents lived in Philly across from Woodhaven woods. I would often walk through the woods with my teen aged uncle to go to the mall. I loved to walk back there as a kid. City kids love to explore woods even if they back up to a highway. One afternoon in the 80’s a women, naked and screaming came running out of the woods. She was crazed and calling for help. Both my grandparents were home at the time. My grandmother immediately called the women over to their house. She stood out front calming the woman down, trying to find out what was wrong. My grandfather grabbed some clothes and my grandmother helped this woman put something on while he called the police for help. They both sat out on their front steps with the woman and waited with her until the police arrived.
They didn’t lock the door and close the curtains when this woman came running out of the woods. They didn’t judge this woman and call the police from inside their home while she stood naked in the street. Nope. They clothed her, calmed her down and waited while help arrived.
I remember this story as a kid had a huge impact on me, on all three of us sisters as well as my brother. However, when I was remembering different stories, I had so many to share. We all share this world we live in, our global community. Giving back, helping those in need is just who we are so it made perfect sense to incorporate this into our business. If giving back is important to you then stick around. We will be revealing soon how Brick House Sparrows will be giving back in our own community. Not in a, “hey look at us, aren’t we special” kind of way but in a this is just what you do so let’s move on and get to work kind of way.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.” ~ Mother Teresa #givingback