My Present to You for 2018

Ok, a couple of years ago I asked everyone to stop giving me presents for Christmas and birthdays. Seriously, if I want something, I pretty much buy it if I can afford it…and if I can’t afford it, then it is surely more than anyone should spend for me on a present. Instead, give money to a charity of your choice while thinking of me. In exchange, my gift to you is similarly a donation to charity. The first year (2016), I selected the North Texas Food Bank. 2017 found my donation (and those from many of my friends and family) going to the American Cancer Society.

I’ve decided that my gift to you this year is…that I’m still here. Wait, what! Just kidding. I just donated a square, a circle, a triangle, and a dodecahedron amount to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (https://www.rmhc.org/) North Texas chapter. The RMHC provides housing and support for families who have children going through serious medical situations so that the family can be near the facility providing for their medical care.

Nearly 20 years ago I went to a B’nai B’rith charity dinner where the keynote related a story that I’ve heard several times, since, but still find worth repeating.

A man is walking along the shore where a freak tide has washed tens of thousands of starfish up onto the beach where they will all surely perish. As he walked along, he would stoop down and pick up one starfish after the other and throw them far out into the water. Someone watching this walked up to him and said, “Why are you bothering? There are so many, the few you are throwing back into the water won’t make any difference.” The man reached down, picked up another starfish and threw it out into the depths. “To that one, I made a difference.”

So, toss a few coins in a bucket this weekend while thinking of me, and make a difference.

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