Some people have a talent for gift-giving, a knack for selecting the perfect gift, one that delights the recipient for having received it and the giver for having given it.
Dr. Alain Bouchard is one of those people. A cardiologist with Cardiology Specialists of Birmingham who practices at Ascension St. Vincent’s, Dr. Bouchard has not only discovered the joy of giving gifts that his recipients are delighted to receive, but he has also tapped into the added joy of making a difference with his gifts.
“One powerful way to honor and express gratitude towards the people who have made a positive impact on our lives is by making a donation in their name,” he said, particularly noting the power of recognizing individuals in one’s daily orbit of life.
“In times of hardship or abundance, there is no denying the indelible bonds we form with our friends and neighbors. Whether it’s supporting one another during challenging times or celebrating each other’s victories, the value of these connections cannot be overstated,” Dr. Bouchard said. “These friends and neighbors shape our lives in countless ways. They lend a helping hand, offer support, and create a sense of belonging. Recognizing their influence and expressing our gratitude through thoughtful donations is a wonderful gesture that can strengthen these relationships even further.”
Dr. Bouchard, who has been known to also honor patients with charitable donations, suggests increasing the impact of a gift by supporting a local initiative. He gives Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation as an example of a local cause he chooses to support.
That way, he explained, “you contribute directly to improving the lives of those in your immediate vicinity, making your gesture even more significant.” Furthermore, he continued, “Instead of traditional holiday presents, a donation to the Foundation encourages a collective focus on making a difference beyond material possessions.”
Honoring friends and neighbors with a charitable donation, Dr. Bouchard explained, conveys gratitude, fosters goodwill, and strengthens the bonds that make a community thrive.
“By recognizing the impact our neighbors have on our lives and celebrating them through philanthropy, we not only uplift those we honor but also inspire a cycle of generosity that can extend far beyond our own circles,” Dr. Bouchard said. “So, seize the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact: Give back, honor, and make a difference in the lives of those who mean the world to you!”
Give a gift that the special people on your Christmas list will love. Honor them with a contribution to Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation.