American Mussar is pleased to award the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties with a Point of Light award. The work of the SHFB—one of the largest food banks in the country—exemplifies the perfect balance of the soul trait of chesed, or loving-kindness.
Caring for the needy and sharing our bounty with those who are less fortunate is one of the most essential ways we can live the loving-kindness all human beings have in their hearts. It is giving simply to make someone else’s life brighter and better, without any expectation of a reward for the gift or a tangible “return on investment.”
The Soul Trait of Loving-Kindness teaches us that we must care for others as we care for ourselves; that showing compassion for others is a big part of having compassion for ourselves. When this Soul Trait is in balance, we practice proper self-care so we have the resources we need to care for others.
Second Harvest Food Bank accepts donations of food and money from those who are in a position of abundance and able to donate these things; those who receive food from SHFB are encouraged to donate their time when they are able, sorting and distributing food to others. Everyone involved gives what they can, and those in need of assistance receive the help they need.
This is the true spirit of Loving-Kindness, and helps to strengthen the Santa Clara and San Mateo communities and all of the individuals in it. We’re proud to support the Second Harvest Food Bank, and encourage you to do the same here if you are able.