April 11, 2015

A girl named Jenny

Cathy Stevulak

I want to share with you a story about a little girl who I met at the Gig Harbor YMCA yesterday. I do not know her name so will just call her Jenny (which sounds like generous.) Jenny came up to me and gave me two nickels, saying that she would like me to have them. I suggested that she save the money in her piggy bank but she insisted on giving them to me. Her friend who was with her said that she had found the money and gave it to her friend Jenny, and now Jenny wanted to share it with me. At this point, I looked at Jenny’s mom, saying how uncomfortable I felt about taking ten cents from these little girls. I then asked Jenny which charity she usually shares her money with (she is all of maybe four years old!) and she told me that she gives to the Rice Bowl at church. But she still wanted me to have the money. So I told her that I would put it into the penny jar for Phoenix and that her money would help educate a girl on the other side of the world. Jenny’s mom loved this…and I gave her BMKF’s name so she can look it up.

One never knows what magic can happen in a day. Generous Jenny was a highlight.