b'2022 3Traditions DaveWhitePhoto.comMy earliest memories of giving involved envelopes and boxes. I remember reverently putting a nickel, dime or quarter in a church envelope, which I would proudly place in the off ering plate. Organized philanthropy is rooted in the tradition of church tithing. I also remember the Unicef box that I dutifully carried on many a Halloween night, more than slightly worried that it might mean a smaller candy stash in exchange for a cash donation. And, I learned that I could do with less candy if it meant helping someone else.Giving to help others was a tradition both taught and modeled by my parents and, I presume, their parents. When I became a parent, I felt daunted when I realized the important role my husband and I would play in developing our sons philanthropic spirit.Family giving traditions create the foundation for volunteering and philanthropy later in life. According to a 2018 Fidelity Charitable study, those who grew up with strong giving traditions are more likely to give to charity and report being very happy. So, giving is taught.Parents have the biggest infl uence on whether or not their children grow up to be contributors, but we all play a role in creating a caring philanthropic society. Consider the message teachers who organize teams of students to join in the Rock n Race to benefi t the Payson Center send about giving back and community involvement.Our philanthropic spirit may also be awakened by our experiences. A life threatening circumstance can stir the desire to give back in gratitude, which, in turn, can result in a tradition because giving feels good. It brings joy. The loss of a loved one can result in giving to keep their memory alive. Just that one time we join in an event to raise funds can start us on a path for a lifetime of volunteerism because we feel the power of engaging with others in something bigger than ourselves.Our Trust Newsletterholiday editionshares moving stories about the giving traditions of our donors, many of whom are our youngest contributors. We are grateful to them and to you for the tradition of giving to Concord Hospital. Wishing you the joy of the season and good health in the New Year. Pamela Puleo, FAHP, FCEPCHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER'