The weight of these pressing issues can be overwhelming, yet you continue to answer the call. You don’t give up, but instead continue to aid, nurture, serve and love those in need. Because of your work, the Foundation’s trustees and staff are truly grateful to have the opportunity to get to know you and the amazing services you provide. We are lucky to witness the positive and profound difference you are making in the lives of so many. Thank you for all you do and continue to plow ahead undeterred by unforeseen circumstance in your service to others!
When giving a public speech, my sister often tells this story of the starfish.
THE STARFISH STORY
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”
Today, I hope that all of you who are working so very hard and selflessly will take a sense of pride in your accomplishments. Yes, there are still families hungry, there are still people suffering from illness, there are still families wanting desperately to provide a better life for their children and the list goes on and on. Make no mistake, it makes a huge difference to the last person you offered assistance. You, your work, and what you hope to accomplish matter a great deal to the next starfish that walks into your office, your soup kitchen, your lab, or your life.