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The Art of Generosity and Building Communities

Generosity—the simple act of giving, selflessly and wholeheartedly—holds immense power. Generosity weaves threads of connection, kindness, compassion, and joy. Generosity isn’t a solitary endeavor; it’s a ripple that spreads far beyond the initial act.


When we extend kindness, it echoes through time and space. A smile, a helping hand, or a heartfelt gift can set off a chain reaction of goodwill. Science confirms what our hearts know: giving is good for us. When we give, our brain’s pleasure centers light up. Social bonds strengthen, trust deepens, loneliness retreats and our hearts are filled with unequivocal joy and warmth. Generosity isn’t a zero-sum game; it multiplies joy.


Tom Brosseau has generously donated his time and artistry to create the Tom Brosseau and Friends concert in support of the Grand Forks Children’s Museum. At the same time, his parents Jim and Jolene recruited hosts for a wonderful social gathering preceding the concert.


In addition, Jim and Jolene purchased and donated a beautiful piece of Scandinavian art painted by Pieper Fleck Bloomquist to the silent auction at the upcoming concert. Carrie Sapa, Tom’s sister who is also an artist and art educator, was inspired to donate a hand pulled silk screen identified as “Tenderhearted Saint” to the benefit of the auction. Generosity runs deep in this family.


Cultivating generosity starts by noticing opportunities. Give without expectation! Celebrate others’ victories as their joy becomes your joy! Share stories of generosity; these stories inspire action. Generosity isn’t about depletion; it’s about replenishment. The more we give, the more we receive—a wonderful dance of abundance.


Let’s also celebrate the unsung heroes—the anonymous donors, the quiet helpers, the everyday givers. Their generosity weaves a tapestry of hope. Let’s join together, hearts open, and create a world where kindness flows freely. This is how we build friendships, and how we build communities...and it starts with kindness and generosity.


Thank you, Brosseau Family and all of Greater Grand Forks and our friends, for making our world so much brighter. Your generosity shines brightly, your kindness flows freely, and our joy is multiplied exponentially.

 

By Sally Miskavige, Grand Forks Children's Museum Board Vice President

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