Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
It’s time for our annual Books for Kigutu garage sale. Your small donations can make a huge difference. What is that cast off bookcase doing in your garage? Do you have to climb over the tread mill you never use? Antique hats take up too much room on your closet shelf?
Last year we made $1200. We are setting a bigger goal for 2015. Our sale will be Saturday, May 14th, at our home in Medford.
Books for Kigutu published 100 copies of “Let’s Eat” a preschool early reader in Kirundi, the native language of Burundi, late last year. A new book is in the pipeline. We have over 400 books on the shelves of our new library in Kigutu. Our garage sale dollars go directly to support these programs and more.
Please give us a call 541.944.2082 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to come and pick up your items. Every little bit helps. Thank You.
Katherine Leppek is a retired elementary school teacher from Medford, Oregon. She says, "I started this project because I am passionate about literacy and the right of every child to have access to books."