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.

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“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
and
 the opportunity
to make a difference
in the life of a child
a family
a person.


Ideas for Pro-Active Giving


Here are some ideas for Pro-Active Giving.


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Choose one idea that has meaning to you.
Choose one idea with the time you have.
Choose one idea that allows you to use your talents.
Choose one idea you can truly focus on.


Use your imagination to think of other ideas
any charitable act of kindness which will help someone else
and will make the world a better place
because of you.

Make it simple
do not complicate it.Start small
just help one (or a few) children
families
people.


As an individual

Ask yourself,,,
Who would you most like to help?
Where do you feel that you can make a difference in your community?
What talents and resources do you have?
What do you like to do?
and...
How can you apply your talents and your resources in what you like to do to make a difference in the specific cause you choose?


As a business

Whether large or small, you must choose a cause or a need that is aligned to your business. One that is a good fit for your particular business.

What talents, resources and abilities does your business have?
How can these be applied to make a difference in the one cause you have chosen?
What is your “target market”?
Where are you apt to gain new customers?
and...
Does the cause that you choose reach this target market so that it will help to gain new customers and new business?


The First Step

The first step is to choose one or a few areas of need that are important to you.

Next, review the suggested programs in each area and choose one of them that strongly appeals to you.




If none of the many suggested programs are a good fit for you or your business, talk to persons in the areas that most appeal to you.

For education... teachers.
For crises situations... shelters and agencies
For seniors... agencies that help them
To help animals, veterinarians and shelters.
etc...

America today is truly a land of affluence but in the midst of this great affluence we have a lot of poverty. There is a lack of basic needs and lack of opportunity for many of our children and families. In the world there is crushing poverty.

More than 1 billion people live on less than $2 per day
50% of the world’s population lives in poverty
10 million children die each year from curable or preventable diseases
100 million children are not in school.

We have the resources
we have the ability to solve these problems
all we need is
the will to do so.

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Each of us has talents in differing amounts.
And we have time
and
treasure.

One day, when we are asked…
How did you use what I gave you.
Your talents and your time and treasure to help others.
What will your answer be?

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