Joe and Pamela were a sweet old couple. They worked hard, saved religiously, and collected fine art. The first year after they retired, they traveled to Peru to purchase a piece of art. Upon landing, they saw a level of poverty they never knew existed.
The following day, after boarding the plane, Pamela said, “Honey. What can we do to help these people?” Joe replied, “Let’s start a nonprofit! We can move here and help on an ongoing basis.” As Pamela smiled, both of their hearts soared with compassion as the plane took flight.
For the next eleven months, Joe and Pamela told everyone about their fundraising plans, and their community began to donate.
One day, a young boy walked up to Joe and Pamela’s house and said, “I mowed lawns and saved $23 so you guys could help poor people in Peru.” When the boy handed Pamela the money, he said, “While you’re gone, if you’d like, I can stop by from time to time and feed your cat.” Joe immediately remarked, “No. No. No. That’s quite alright. We can’t risk anything happening to our priceless art.”
Then, the boy asked, “Well, since your art is priceless, do you need my donation?”