We recently received a very heartfelt letter from the mother of a Main Street Philanthropy student in South Florida. In it, she eloquently described how her teenager had been changed from the inside out as a result of the thoughtful giving he experienced in the Main Street Philanthropy program. She wrote,
The conversation my son and I had the day his Main Street Philanthropy group visited the charities they selected to help was one of the best, and at the same time, most heart wrenching conversations I have ever had with him. He was moved to tears telling me all about the people served by those charities.
Although he was very happy that his philanthropy group was able to help these people in a small way, he was also distraught that there were children who, through no fault of their own, found themselves and their families living in the Pat Reeves Center for homeless families.
My son told me that his experiences that day made him realize how much he took for granted that he had a roof over his head, his own bedroom to sleep in each night, and a kitchen always stocked with food. He felt very guilty for what he had, in comparison to the people he saw that day.
He was deeply moved by the experience and vowed to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than him. He said the Main Street Philanthropy class was the best experience he has had in his 3 years of high school.
As we’ve seen with each group of students in the MSP program, purposeful philanthropy has the power to transform lives from the inside out. Thank you for supporting Main Street Philanthropy as we educate and inspire the next generation of philanthropists!