I was simply blown away by an email that popped into my inbox this morning.
The message was from my contact in the Development Office at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where my youngest son, Matt, had asked family and friends to make donations in lieu of receiving gifts for his recent bar mitzvah. (The donations, which total more than $26,000, will fund a clinical trial at the NYU Cochlear Implant Center, to help develop waterproof and more durable cochlear implant technology-and as a cochlear implant user himself, Matt was personally intrigued with the research project.)
The email I got from the Development Office this morning read:
Just wanted to let you know that I received a check in the mail today for $50 with the following note:
“I was so impressed with the generosity of spirit by young Matthew Reiser, that I had to participate in this Mitzvah. Well done!
– (name of donor)
p.s. Read article in Westport News, Friday, March 9, 2012.”
How unbelievably kind and generous that a complete stranger who lives in our community was so moved by reading about Matt’s fundraising efforts in our local newspaper that she sent a donation! What a lovely altruistic gesture, and we are exceedingly grateful!
Now if only I could gently encourage other kids and teens to champion meaningful causes in honor of special occasions instead of accumulating more useless crap that will quickly be forgotten or broken, I might actually be helping to make a small but positive difference in the world. Hmmm…do I hear my next mission?