Starfish Story

The Starfish Story: While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young girl, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.” The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the young girl replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!” The young girl listened politely. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”

Many of you may have heard that story….it reminds me of making a difference for my friend Nadia, which is how I came up with the “Starfishnadia” name.  Thanks to Paul and Gayla Hurley ( I met her almost 3 years ago when she proudly gave me my own personal tour of the orphanage she lives in with about 85-100 other mentally or physically challenged girls ages 5-18.  These girls are there simply because they are different – Never having visited an orphanage and having worked around kids for over 20 years I left there with my eyes watering and my mind racing about how I could help, by helping her I could help her sisters too and hopefully make a difference.  The girls receive a box at Christmas from a church in NC, so I thought why not send them something at Easter.  2009 will be my 3rd year of sending items – there has been over 600 pounds sent in the past 2 years with the donations and support of my church and friends who have made this all possible.  Since shipping costs sometimes keep me awake at night (because they take up a majority of the money donated) I have tried to figure out ways to decrease weight…that is why we are now sending the bags!

Please contact me with comments or ideas for “Starfishnadia” and thank you for considering supporting this project.

James 1:27

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