starrynight.jpg Making a Difference: Walking down a deserted beach at sunset, I noticed a man in the distance picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Coming closer, I noticed that he was picking up starfish that had washed up on the beach. I was puzzled. Approaching him I said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you were doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have washed up on the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the water, they’ll die.”

“But there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get all of them. There are simply too many. And do you realise that this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast? You can’t possibly make a difference.”

The man smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”

Charity: Water