Just speaking with Paula Nations, a most effervescent teacher, and hearing her exuberant voice, was an immense pleasure. Her positive energy is absolutely infectious and her hearty laugh resonates even after our interview is over.
Paula Nations was born and raised in Philadelphia. At 23, she moved to New Jersey where she spent more than two decades. In the past nine years, she’s favored the yellow rose, of Texas, of course – residing in San Antonio.
Paula’s daughter Kimberly Campbell found Lev LaLev on line three years ago when she was stationed in Kuwait for six months as part of her service in the Air National Guard. Paula recalls her daughter forwarding her the Children’s Home website link. It didn’t take long before her daughter, who has already earned her BA in Business Administration, made a commitment to help our special girls in Netanya.
Paula, when asked how she feels about her daughter’s charitable character, says, “I couldn’t feel prouder!”
More about our dear donor:
CY: What type of teaching do you do?
PN: I have been in education for 30 years. I teach teachers. I train teachers to be effective classroom managers. The goal being preservation of instructional time...having more time to teach less time on petty behaviors that rob teachers of valuable time, and their energy.
CY: Are you involved in other charities besides Lev LaLev?
PN: We give or volunteer to Habitat for Humanity, a local food bank, and our House of Worship. Also, I crochet, knit or quilt, depending on my mood, for VITAS, a hospice organization in my town.
CY: Why do you believe it's important to teach kids about others who are less fortunate and sharing by giving charity?
PN: From the time the children were little, they were taught to give. Giving is not a matter of affordability, but rather a demonstration of obedience and gratitude. It is not just the hand but also the heart. To live with a closed fist shows that we are not grateful for what we have. It also says we do not trust our Creator to meet our needs.
It is our responsibility and our honor to walk as the Torah teaches. The result is that giving is not what we do, but who we are. So it is not about hours, or dollars, it is something we have grown into.
I am convinced that children who are taught to give, (to volunteer, to help) to consider others, are better equipped to ride the tides of life. They understand that they are not the center of the universe. They understand that that there is no such thing as 'being entitled'. They also have a level of understanding of the temporal status of our surroundings.
CY: What are your pastimes and/or hobbies?
PN: When I am not working, I enjoy being outside. I work in my yard and garden. I enjoy camping and the beach, reading and old movies. I have 4 grand-doggies, and 3 grand-kitties.
A bit more from Paula Nations:
Paula tells us: “Just a side note...Kim's brother Ben, just started a job this week. He and I had a conversation before I left on a trip. We talked about the importance of giving and considering where to give. Now that Ben is 'on his own', he told me today over lunch that he decided Lev La Lev is where he would consistently give.”
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