Every Little Bit Counts

by Published: Feb 8, 2012

Last week I filled out a post­card in the Rankin Center at a table for the Military Support Group. The post­cards were to be sent to the mil­i­tary men and women serv­ing overseas.

Though the two mil­i­tary sup­port group stu­dents, table of let­ters and stu­dents who signed the let­ters were small in num­ber, I knew the sig­nif­i­cance of the ges­ture would be deeply appre­ci­ated. However, the most sig­nif­i­cant aspect of the organization’s efforts was the idea that such a large act of appre­ci­a­tion could be car­ried out in such a sim­ple gesture.

Quite often, we fail to acknowl­edge the influ­ence our small ges­tures of giv­ing make in the lives of the peo­ple we help. It isn’t until we find our­selves in need of char­ity that we see the value in an act of kindness.

Our dona­tions go as acts of faith that our char­ity is pos­si­bly help­ing some­one in need whom we may never get the chance to meet.

Even though we may never get the oppor­tu­nity to hear a “thank you” for the dona­tion jars we give to, they are well rec­og­nized in the oppor­tu­ni­ties we see given to peo­ple everyday.

Ferris State University’s annual blood dri­ves for the American Red Cross and Gift of Life organ dona­tion reg­is­tra­tions have been a tra­di­tion and pres­ence on the university’s cam­pus for many years.

The money we give to the stu­dents camp­ing out in the quad or the canned goods we donate in the res­i­dence halls on our way to class are some of the most sup­port­ive dona­tions orga­ni­za­tions such as the WISE Shelter and Project Starburst receive from FSU students.

It’s more than just unused change in a jar or a chance to clean our clos­ets of clothes we no longer wear; it’s an oppor­tu­nity to make a sig­nif­i­cant change in someone’s life by giv­ing him the hope that his cir­cum­stances can improve in the future.

So regard­less of whether it’s a campus-wide dona­tion effort with mul­ti­ple orga­ni­za­tions or a single-student cloth­ing drive, be aware that every effort makes a difference.