Support Saturday

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~ Edward Everett Hale

I get it. Trust.

Times are rough. And folks, in general, have more woes and fears than money and security these days. 

In fact, life is so challenging right now, I don’t blame you for concentrating on yourself.  I, like you, have to someway, somehow daily find a way to provide for myself and mine and keep a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food on my table.

Yet, despite my troubles, I am often reminded of my great-grandmother and great-grand aunt  – both survivors of The Great Depression – who  up until their dying days in their nineties, always offered a slice of bread or helping hand to anybody who needed it.

They weren’t unlike the little boy in Loren Eiseley’s famous Starfish Story, who threw starfish back into the ocean because he didn’t want them to die. Yes, there were thousands of starfish washed up on the beach and his father told him that in the larger scheme of things, it wouldn’t make much of a difference to all of the starfish. But that didn’t stop him from stooping down, picking up another one and gently flinging another one back into the ocean. Why? “Because,” as the boy said , “it’s going to make a big difference to that one.”

Fam, I know our societal problems are huge. Famine. Unemployment. Illiteracy. Homelessness. Public Education. HealthcareThe list, overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable, stretches across the globe.

But you, like my granny, auntie and starfish boy, can make a difference. One person at a time.

On Support Saturdays, I’ll be sharing information with you about some non-profit organizations that could really use a helping hand from you. Be it money or time, you can find a way to make a difference.

Mother Teresa once said: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” Following her sage advice, I’m currently volunteering with Write Girl Los Angeles, which partners women writers in Los Angeles with teenage girls (ages 14 – 18) for creative writing workshops and one-on-one mentoring. 

I also recently walked in the 27th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Funded by Aids Project Los Angeles, proceeds raised from the event make it possible for APLA to provide urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

If you live in Los Angeles and are interested in offering support to those in your immediate area, give these organizations a look. For those of you across the country and globe, no worries, I hope to share info about more national and international groups soon with your help.

You see, fam, my blog is a two-way street.  There’s no way I can know about everything that is going on, so please chime in with any causes or non-profit organizations that are important to you. And if folks respond  to your post and want to know more about how they can help, I’ll highlight the cause/organization in a future.

Each one help one,



2 thoughts on “Support Saturday”

  1. I still remember the first time I heard the starfish story. It gives me chills every time.
    I usually devote a little time each weekend to do some starfish flinging (mentoring), so I’m loving that you chose “support” for your Saturday theme. Weekends are when most of us have some free time. We should share some of it to reach out to folks in need of support.

  2. yes, sensei! for those of you who don’t know margaret. 🙂 thanx to your fine example for the many years i’ve known you, i am now dedicating some of my time to starfish flinging, too. all of us should follow your example.

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