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.

Ideas for Pro-Active Giving



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.


1.Remove obstacles to education for one or a few children, by providing eye glasses, school supplies, etc.
2.Start a program of visitation to a lonely senior in a rest home or living alone.
3.Collect good pre-owned toys that children have outgrown and distribute them to other local children who have little.
4.Organize a program to send material items of encouragement to US service personnel.
5.Become a mentor to improve the education of a child.
6.Visit a local food pantry to learn and publicize the good work they do and take specific steps to help.
7.Use your specific talent or hobby in music, art, photograph, etc. to enrich the education of students.
8.Create a small group to help a single mother in some specific way to improve her life.
9.Start and create a program where senior citizens can create crafts or articles that can be given to disabled children, veterans, or others to brighten their lives.
10.Organize a small community group to help children in need and enrich their lives in various ways.
11.Create a group to help one or more homeless families living in a shelter.
12.Visit a veterans’ home, center or hospital and do something to enrich their lives.
13.Furnish material items to a few foster children to help and encourage them.
14.Organize a program to use animals to brighten the lives of disabled persons or senior citizens.
15.Partner with the police department to discover and distribute information on what a community can do to reduce local crime.
16.Organize a group to protect and preserve the environment in a specific area in the community.
17.Become an advocate to encourage people to look at the abilities of persons rather than their disabilities.
18.Seek ways to publicize and encourage the adoption of pets from local shelters.
19.Help one older foster child plan for education and employment opportunities after high school.
20.Collect books that children have outgrown and distribute them to other children who have none.
21.Create a group to collect basic school supplies to be given to children who cannot afford to purchase them.
22.Create a fun day, or give something to a sick or disabled child to brighten his or her life.
23.Enhance a playroom in a hospital, or in a shelter to brighten the life of a sick or homeless child.
24.Collect stuffed animals to give to police and fire departments to be given to children in a crisis situation such as domestic abuse, fires, etc.
25.Search for specific ways in which local businesses may hire disabled persons and help them become productive employees.
26.A woman, whose hobby was knitting, made festive hats for newborn children.
27.A woman with extra time visited a lonely elderly woman and brought her a nutritious meal.
28.Two young boys organized a group to collect turkeys at Thanksgiving for families who could not afford them.
29.An optometrist provided a free eye exam and glasses to a child in school whose family could not afford them.
30.A man with a love of gardening planted a special row in his garden and delivered the food to a local family in need.
31.Two longtime girlfriends purchased clown uniforms and once a month visited sick children in a local hospital to bring them joy.
32.A woman who loved to knit made some security blankets for children going through cancer treatments and delivered them to a hospital.
33.A local carpenter built entry ramps or other improvements in homes for persons in wheelchairs.
34.A woman who had survived cancer created gift baskets to give to other women going through recovery.
35.Become aware of and publicize the good work of a local charity to encourage others in the community to be of help to it.
36.A young girl who learned that foster children did not have their own suitcases when they had to move from one home to another collected some for them.
37.An airline attendant on her next trip to a third world country brought some toys and personal articles and delivered them to an orphanage in that country.
38.Organize a group to help a family get settled in a new apartment after a local fire has displaced them.
39.Create a program to help a single mother to develop skills to get a better job.
40.Plan a small fundraising event for a local charity to use funds for a specific need in the community.

If none of the many suggested programs are a good fit for you, 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.

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