When team members at Presbyterian Village North heard items were stolen from a local daycare center, they decided to be good neighbors and help. A laptop, nap mats and boxes of snacks and apples that were for the daycare’s carnival went missing from The Greater Cornerstone Academy. Upon hearing this news, Presbyterian Village North’s Spiritual Life committee gathered donations to help the daycare during its time of need. PVN donated a $300 check, as well as a $200 gift card to Home Depot.
“When we heard about these upsetting circumstances, we knew we wanted to help out,” said Brent Ashby, associate minister of Spiritual Life for Presbyterian Village North. “As a Christian organization, we are certainly familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which Jesus used to illustrate how we can be a good neighbor to others. This is not something just for individuals to abide by, it’s for businesses and companies to follow as well. A strong, vibrant, healthy community is one in which the individuals and businesses look out for one another. The Bible says faith without works is dead. One way we live out our faith as an organization is to give to community members in need.”
The donations from PVN will assist the daycare in replacing stolen goods and purchasing new supplies and items, as well as with repairs throughout the daycare, such as damaged doors. The senior living community hopes that this gesture will help bridge the generation gap between seniors and toddlers.
“Living in community is important to Presbyterian Village North,” said Ashby. “The senior living community would not be here if it were not for other nearby churches and individuals who recognized the benefits of building a continuing care retirement community in the neighborhood 35 years ago. We hope that we have repaid that kindness through the years by being a good neighbor.”
The Spiritual Life committee has long championed the idea of supporting ministries outside the walls of PVN. The committee donates thousands of dollars every year to ministry agencies in the surrounding community as well as to relief efforts around the world. With the generosity of residents who make donations to the PVN Spiritual Life Department, the community is able to support the good work of so many other groups that touch lives in meaningful ways. In addition to monetary donations, residents serve as tutors, mentors and volunteers to other children in the community.