Generosity passed on

Generosity passed on | World Vision Blog

Author Debbie Macomber with her grandchildren. (Photo: Debbie Macomber)

If you gave your kids $50 but then told them they had to give it to someone else, how would they react? That’s what author Debbie Macomber did this spring with her new Easter family tradition.

See how her grandchildren responded:


Easter is one of Wayne’s and my favorite times we have with our family. From the beginning when our grandkids were toddlers we’ve held an Easter Egg hunt at our house. Most of them are teenagers now, but they still expect to collect those plastic eggs and quarters.

This last Easter, however, I tried something new. Oh we still had the Easter Egg hunt, the grandkids would insist on it. But after they’d collected all the goodies, I handed each one a crisp $50 bill. You can be sure I got a lot of “oohs and ahhs.” Then, I explained that the money came with two stipulations:

  1. They had to give the money away.
  2. They had to write and tell me who they gave it to and why.

Truthfully, I expected there to be complaints and a few protests. None came. Instead they greeted it with: “Cool” — “Great idea” — “You rock!” I was surprised by and proud of their enthusiasm.

Generosity passed on | World Vision Blog
(Photo: Debbie Macomber)

It came as no surprise that many of the grandchildren chose to donate the money to their sponsored child at World Vision. You see, for their birthday every year I sponsor a child who was born the same day as they were (but not always the same year) as their birthday gift. While they were born in a wealthy country, there are children around the world who aren’t nearly as fortunate. All the mail from their World Vision child goes to the grandchild so that a special bond is formed between that child and them.

With his fifty dollars, James bought soccer balls for his child and Jazmine sent extra money to her child for school and her birthday. Isaiah wrote a letter to World Vision, giving a child water for life!

Lastly, Maddy chose to donate the money to protect young girls in Kenya from FGM. Having done research on this, she wrote an essay on the subject for school and included in the essay links to World Vision with information on how best to stop this practice.

Generosity isn’t something that comes naturally. It’s taught by example. My parents weren’t wealthy people. Having lived through the Depression era, they were keenly aware of how fortunate they were to live and work in a free society. They never forgot those who had less.

I learned generosity from my parents and am now striving to show by example the benefits of opening my children’s and grandchildren’s hearts and minds to those who have far less. I couldn’t be more pleased that my grandchildren reached out to World Vision.

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    Good work of generosity,i know children in my country who happened to be beneficiary of some world vision donors and along the way the support has disapereared,we feel probably the money didn't to the intended child and the donors pulled off.All the same,good work its easier to cultivate the culture of generosity in children when they are still young.Debbie keep it up,i know many children are smiling because of you

    What a great experience for your grandkids and you—and for the sponsored children. Thanks for sharing this. It's a win win win!

    That is just the sweetest story, I know you are so proud to be there grandmother !!

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