Wes Gilbert

Changing lives a quarter at a time

Twenty-five cents.

That won’t even buy a cup of coffee anymore … in fact, it’s not enough to buy extra condiments at some fast-food restaurants. But that quarter of a dollar, given to help men, women, and children in need, can help change a life.

I manage the Donor Services department here at City Gospel Mission. My main job is to process gifts, helping to turn the generosity of our supporters into the resources that provide life-changing help to those we serve. While I’m touched by the generous support of all who give to help others through the Mission, my heart is particularly warmed by a certain donor who gives a quarter every month.

This donor spends twice the amount of his gift for a stamp to send it in. That may make no sense logically, but a heart for helping others isn’t always bound by logic. What does make sense is this: people give what they can, when they can, because they want others to have a better life.

Here in Donor Services, we realize there are no small gifts, because each gift given comes from a big heart. And from these big hearts, our faithful supporters make it possible for all of our food and shelter services, recovery and youth programs, and job-training and placement services to happen – programs and services which God uses to bring our guests and participants to a place of renewed hope, and changed lives.

Whether it’s a quarter (one lady used to send us a dime at a time, God bless her), or $1.92 to provide a meal and care for one hurting soul, or a larger gift to help hundreds, every gift is helping break the cycle of poverty and despair in people’s lives … even if it’s one quarter at a time.

You can make a difference by giving here. Thank you!

Wes Gilbert is Donor Services Manager at City Gospel Mission. He can be reached at wgilbert@citygospelmission.org.

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