The true spirit of giving

Published on Friday, 7 March 2014 23:02 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

A story has been circulating online about a generous Bulgarian man named Dobri Dobrev.

“Grandfather Dobri,” as many Bulgarians call him, is now 99 and spends his days begging for money.

He has long white hair and frankly looks a little dishe-veled. His clo-thes and shoes are worn th-rough in pl-aces.

But Dobrev doesn’t beg for himself.

Each day, he travels from his small apartment, which he pays for with his modest monthly pension.

So what does he do with the money he collects from passersby everyday?

He donates it to churches and orphanages.

According to a video from St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, he has given thousands of dollars to that church alone. The largest donations have come from him, despite the Cathedral being often visited by wealthier dignitaries.

It reminds me of a famous story Jesus told in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 21, that has come to be known as “The Widow’s Mite.”

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’