Earlier this year, our Supporter Development Manager Jude had the pleasure of visiting David*, an older gentleman who had become very unwell. He had asked Jude to pop around to see him at his home.
“We had a lovely chat and he told me the reason for asking me to visit was to let me know he’d made provision in his will for Presbyterian Support Otago to be the beneficiary of the contents in his home”, said Jude.
“He wanted to show me his belongings that meant so much to him and be assured that we would honour his wishes. I asked him why he chose to make this gift to PSO.”
He told Jude that “many years ago, PSO helped me when I needed food. I received a food parcel and was treated with respect and kindness. I have never forgotten that feeling of someone caring about me. This is my way of giving back to an organisation that really cares about our community and the people who live in it”.
David’s treasures were collected and donated to our Op Shops. The funds from the sale of his goods will help support the provision of our Family Works services. Now David has gone, his gift will live on and will help children and families who are struggling and living with poverty and trauma, to gain the skills and knowledge to build a safer and brighter future.
A bequest can take on many different forms, and like David, you might like to consider what happens to the contents of your home once you have departed. If this is something that has been on your mind, please give Jude a call and perhaps chat about it over a cup of tea.
Leaving a gift in your will is an incredible way of showing you care for your community and the people who live in it - not just right now, but well into the future.
If you would like to find out more information about leaving a gift (bequest) to Presbyterian Support Otago, please contact Jude McCracken, Supporter Development Manager:
PSO’s services are offered in Dunedin, Oamaru, Balcutha, Wanaka, Alexandra and throughout Otago.