The Starfish Story

A wise man was taking a sunrise walk on the beach...

 In the distance he caught sight of a little girl who seemed to be dancing along the waves. As he got closer, he saw the little girl picking up starfish from the sand and tossing them gently back into the ocean.

“What are you doing?” the wise man asked?

“The sun is coming up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

“But little girl, there are miles and miles of beach with starfish all along the way, you can’t possibly make a difference.”

 The little girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it lovingly back into the ocean past the breaking waves, “It made a difference to that one.” She replied.

We are all gifted
 with the power
 the opportunity
to make a difference
in the life of a child
a family
a person.

5. Helping Women in Crisis

Helping Women in Crisis

A woman who is the subject of abuse within the family often has to flee a family home sometimes with children and nothing else but the clothes on their backs and then locate themselves in a shelter in another community. Very often this family has very little material goods and needs all kinds of help to start a new life in the community.


Possible Programs

  1. Gift baskets to be given to each woman and family in this kind of a situation filled with personal items; perhaps stuffed animals for the children, as just a way of letting them know that someone cares.
  2. Possible collection of some pre-owned items that would be of help, to be given to the shelter for distribution to these women.
  3. Create a program to help meet the material needs of women leaving a shelter.
  4. Distribute material or information to help to prevent crisis situations of women.

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