Gilliland: Everyone, everywhere has something to give

Published 1:42 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people and organizations to give back in whatever way they can.

It’s a day when you are invited to take a break from buying things and show generosity to others.

“In a fast-paced world, Giving Tuesday serves as an offset to the consumerism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and allows us to take a step back and make a difference.

“We live in a rapidly moving world, and this international day for giving back lets us rally around the causes we are passionate about that need our support,” says Gilliland Foundation Founder and CEO Steve Gilliland.

Giving Tuesday encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can, and it was founded on the idea that everyone, everywhere, has something to give.

Philanthropy is not the exclusive domain of people with millions of dollars; generosity is a value that anyone can express, he said.

Gilliland Foundation Board Member Ann Logan says: “Our foundation aligns with organizations that resonate with our values. Steve and Diane Gilliland have been giving to this community since they moved here, and they continue to bring joy, hope, inspiration, and optimism to people in Davie County.”

When introduced to A Storehouse For Jesus, the Gilliland’s were drawn to this non-profit Christian ministry that shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helps those in need with food, clothing, pharmacy, medical, dental, eye clinics, Thanksgiving and Christmas programs – all done by volunteers with no paid employees.

“Once you tour their facility, meet Marie Collins (founder) and Debbie Crutchfield (executive director), you realize these two leaders are compassionate volunteers with strong character who are honest, stand up for what they believe, respect others, and have a strong sense of responsibility and are concerned for their community,” the Gillilands said.

The foundation also presented a check to IGNITE DAVIE, a college promise program that invests in the students of Davie County.

“When you invest in our county’s most excellent resource—our children, you make a difference,” they said. “The Gilliland Foundation continues to improve lives, help people envision a better future, and take the steps necessary to make it happen.” To quote Steve Gilliland: “Doing good rescues people.”