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Why We Give: Roy '63 and Sharon (Smith) Graham '63

Roy and Sharon Graham

Roy '63 and Sharon (Smith) Graham '63

By Roy Graham

We've been farmers and ranchers for a long time, and there's a code most of us live by: when a neighbor or friend needs your help, you show up and do whatever you can. One of our neighbors was diagnosed with cancer not long ago, and it was time to harvest his cotton crop. Other neighbors and I naturally pitched in to get the job done. While I've been on the receiving end of such help (and was very grateful), I sure would rather be on the giving end.

Our parents taught us that it's better to give than receive. Sharon and I firmly believe that. It has served us well in our 54 years of marriage. We met at Hardin-Simmons when we registered for classes before our freshman year. We were standing in line in Mary Frances Hall, and I noticed Sharon had a form that was a different color from the one I had. I asked her about it, and she told me where I could get that form. While we didn't date seriously until later, we were married the month after we graduated in 1963.

When we were young, it seemed that we were doing good just to keep our family going and put food on the table. It took a while for the light bulb to come on and for us to realize that we needed to support Hardin-Simmons. While we had great experiences when we were students, there's a more important reason that we give.

We give because HSU is a Christian University dedicated to spreading the gospel. We don't know of a better cause than that. All kinds of organizations ask us for money regularly. There are some we just have to bypass because we can't give to all of them. But we wouldn't think of not supporting Hardin-Simmons.

There's a circle of love—God's love for us, our love for one another, and our love for the University. The faculty, staff and administration of Hardin-Simmons work hard to further the kingdom. Hardin-Simmons is a good place to put some hard-earned money.

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