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Griffith Littlehale on Twice Blessed: The Value of Giving Back

There’s Room for Charitable Effort Even When Preparing for a Future Career

The motivation for doing good works for the benefit of others doesn’t have to be anything, Griffith Littlehale says.”I am a Christian who is interested in giving back to the community that raised me and supported me via charity and good works.”

Doing good doesn’t have to be about what you think when it is all about who you are.

Students of Shakespeare remember Portia’s speech in The Merchant of Venice:

“The quality of mercy is not strained.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

We all have small opportunities for giving throughout the day. Whether it is the opportunity to give a dollar or two to a good cause at the checkout register or a friend’s social media fundraiser, or giving a donation by phone, we all have a chance to add to the transformation of someone’s life.

The religious model of philanthropy instructs us to give of our “time, talent, and treasure.” It doesn’t always tell us how much.

The University of Notre Dame hosts the Science of Generosity Initiative for studying the determinants, manifestations, and personal and societal consequences of giving. Acts of generosity, the Initiative has found, are essential for establishing personal connections. They return the gift to us in the form of incremental happiness.

Griffith Littlehale’s understanding of giving is to be open to opportunities to share one’s blessing with others while preparing for abundance in the future.

Griffith Littlehale has been a resident of Toledo, Ohio, since 2004. He attended St. Frances DeSales High School from 2014 to 2018. For graduating in the top eight in his class, he’s received the Collegium Honorum distinction. He also earned the Freshman Sciences Award in 2015 and made the President’s List every year in high school. The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association named him an All-American Swimmer.

“Griff” attends the University of Toledo on a UToledo Excellence Scholarship and received the President’s Education Award in his freshman year. He is a member of the Jesup Scott Honors College and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

In addition to academic interests, Griffith Littlehale is a skilled graphic designer. He enjoys creating advertisements for school events. He volunteers at a Toledo homeless shelter and looks forward to taking a mission trip in the near future.

Great charitable accomplishments rest on a foundation of continuous charitable deeds and returning love to a loving community of origin. Littlehale is committed to a life of service that employs all of his considerable talents.

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