Saving Starfish

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

November is National Adoption Month.

While my Facebook feed has been deluged over the last few days with outrage – half the internet is outraged about a red cup, and the other half is outraged about the outrage – Wendy’s is proudly sending a powerful message with their cups.

Wendy's Wonderful Kids - Cause Cups

As you read this, there are over 100,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption in the US.

More than 22,000 aged out of foster care last year without finding a forever family.

Another 20,000+ will age out this year.

And next year.

And the year after that.

Just sit with that a minute. (more…)

Saving Starfish

One morning, an old man was walking along a beach littered with stranded starfish. He stepped carefully, so as not to tread on any of the beautiful creatures.

Knowing they would die, he considered placing some back in the water. But there were thousands of starfish and the man knew he couldn’t save them all.

So he kept walking ~ and did nothing.

thousands of starfish

Eventually, he saw a little girl frantically throwing starfish after starfish into the sea.

Bemused, he asked what she was doing.

Without pausing, she replied

“I’m saving starfish. Will you help me?”

Gently he told her, “There are thousands of starfish on this beach. We can’t possibly save them all. You can’t even begin to make a difference!”

Not seeming to hear him, she bent down, picked up another starfish and tossed it into the ocean.

Calmly, she looked up and said,

“I made a difference to that one.”

~ Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley ~