An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. "Why do you bother?" the old man scofted. "You're not saving enough to make a difference." The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. "Made a difference to that one," he said.

Getting Involved

I often hear people say, "I would love to get involved, but I just don't know how."

Getting involved is easy, staying involved is the hard part.  It takes committment, time and money. I can promise that the more you give, the more you get involved, the easier it will be to stay involved.

At the beginning of this journey I had to look for gifts and some days it was harder than others. Now opportunities to give are constantly presenting themselves to me and I have the CHOICE to give or to ignore a need.  When ignoring the need becomes difficult I think this is when true change starts to take place inside ourself. 

We are selfish people, in today's society I feel it is often about what is best for ME, how can I help ME,  how does it affect ME?  When we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about how we can help others is when we start to make a difference and change the world, one person at a time.

1.   St. Jude's Ranch for Children- Recycle Card Program
2.   Between Me and You Journals
3.   Donate magazines to libraries and/or hospitals
4.   Global Outreach International-Missionary Support
5.   Boy Scouts of America
6.   Donate airline miles to charity
7.   Volunteer or donate food/money to the local homeless shelter
8.   TOMS
9.   National Marrow Donor Program
10. Officer Down Memorial Page
11. Special Olympics
12. Shovel snow for a neighbor or shut-in
13. Donate old eye glasses to the Lions Club
14. Super Baskets of Hope
15. Donate blood to the American Red Cross
16. Phone call to a friend or family member
17. Baking a goodie for your neighbors
18. Donate shoes to Soles for Souls
19. Buy a cup of coffee or a meal for a stranger or friend
20. Donate to a church
21. Support your local United Way or Community Foundation
22. Purchase Girl Scout Cookies
23. Send a card to a friend, family member or a stranger
24. Support Patriot Rovers
25. Cook dinner for your family