The Chesapeake Point of View

The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving

December 19, 2017

Almost exactly one year ago today we sat in the board room of Chesapeake Hospitality discussing our fundraising goals for 2017.  While a monetary goal was mentioned, the real goals for the year centered around creating a culture of giving within our properties.  Our leader, Kim Sims, wanted to be sure that a culture of service to others was evident at each one of our hotels - that our employees lived it and that guests who walked through our doors felt it: the joy of giving to others.  In particular, giving to families of children with life-threatening illness; providing them with a stress-free, cost-free, dream vacation to Give Kids The World Village in Florida.

Our teams' response was amazing.  The properties not only discovered creative ways to raise money but also realized the joy that comes with it.  Our associates who were fortunate enough to volunteer at Give Kids The World during our annual trip in October, came back from their trip recalling the joy and gratitude they felt serving the families at the Village.  One of our team members said it best, "I've never felt this kind of happiness."

As Francis of Assisi said, "For it is in giving that we receive." When we give happiness, we receive happiness.  When we give love, we receive love. Truly giving from the heart fills us with joy.  

We committed ourselves to raising a certain amount of money for Give Kids The World and we met that monetary goal. But the rewards of giving are priceless; you can't put a value on the joy we feel knowing the happiness we are bringing to these children and their families. 

We look forward to continuing to share the gift of joy in the new year. During this holiday season and throughout 2018, we wish you all heartfelt joy and happiness.

"I believe giving to others helps make a person whole. It doesn't matter what type of help you're capable of giving, what matters is being able and willing to give." -Henry Landwirth, Founder, Give Kids The World