A Spirit of Giving

Reverend Dr. Carl YoungIn The Giving Tree, the author Shel Silverstein tells of the lifetime relationship between a boy and a tree.

The tree gives and gives of itself to the boy through play, apples to sell, and lumber. Eventually, the tree becomes worn and the boy ages to a man. By the end of the story, one final act of selflessness is made when the tree invites the boy to sit on his stump and rest a while.

The life of the Reverend Dr. Carl Edgar Young was a living testament to Silverstein’s story. Dr. Young gave and gave of himself to family, congregations and, in the last 34 years, to Bethany Village – especially the Care Assurance Fund. Through his vision and efforts, the Care Assurance Fund was established in 1984 with the express purpose of assisting residents who, through no fault of their own, have depleted their financial resources.

In 1991, Dr. Young was named the “Father of the Care Assurance Endowment Fund” and he continued through the years to be an active part of the Care Assurance and Development Committee. This father of Care Assurance at Bethany Village not only was a key founder of the fund to assist with benevolent care needs of residents; he also donated more than $1 million to the fund through charitable gift annuities.

However, he was much more that. Dr. Young’s joy for giving also manifested itself in his being the first Campus Chaplain, an editor of “The Villager” newsletter, and a writer of resident biographies. In the 1980s he successfully advocated with Pennsylvania state regulatory agencies for a new Health Center at Bethany Village and was instrumental in raising $1.5 million for this new center.

Dr. Young lived as if his life based on the credo of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

With gratitude, we celebrate this Giving Tree life and Dr. Young’s legacy that continues to give and give.

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