At Waccamaw Community Foundation we are lucky to get the chance to hear amazing stories about our community through our involvement with local nonprofits and philanthropists. In a recent conversation with Reverend Shaw, Pastor at Garden City Chapel in Horry County, he shared one of his favorite experiences during his time with the nonprofit ministry.
He recalls his first time meeting Jacob, a student who came to the Chapel with Big Brothers of the Pee Dee. It was during Garden City Chapel’s and Big Brothers partnered trip to Florida, where they take the children to theme parks. They met while ordering lunch at a fast food restaurant when Jacob shared, “I’ve never done anything like this before.” This was Jacob’s first time ordering lunch at a restaurant. Reverend Shaw helped him order, and then their friendship began.
Jacob returned a few years later, this time 15 years old and a group leader. It was December, and Reverend Shaw asked Jacob what he wanted for Christmas. He immediately responded “a ladder.” This was such an odd gift for a 15-year-old boy to want for Christmas, so Reverend Shaw asked why he wanted a ladder. Jacob responded, “Because my church group helps underprivileged families, and I want a ladder so I can help our group paint and clean out gutters for these families.”
It did not cross Jacob’s mind that he was less privileged himself. His father had passed away, and his mother worked long hours to provide for the family. However, Jacob was not focused on his own situation, but rather how he could help others.
Giving back is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give to yourself. With the holiday season quickly approaching, remember your fellow community members’ situations as you consider making year-end contributions to support nonprofits across our community.
Needless to say, Jacob got a ladder for Christmas that year.
Garden City Chapel is an organizational fundholder at Waccamaw Community Foundation. Learn more about this organization on their website.