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Big Picture

Every donation can make a difference in the life of an individual. Even a few dollars per month can make the difference between life and death for a child in need. Other contributions will help us provide for education and self-sufficiency for individuals and affect an entire community. Wondering whether you can make any difference with so many in need? Consider the starfish story:

starfishEarly one morning, a father and his son were walking along the beach looking to see what had washed ashore from the storm the night before. They saw innumerous starfish as far as the eye could see. The young boy’s face had a look of great concern. The sun was coming out and he knew they wouldn’t survive if left without salt water. He began to pick them up one by one and toss them back into the water. The father watched as his son worked diligently, bending down to pick up the starfish and throwing them into the ocean as rapidly as he could. The father noticed the determination displayed on the boy’s face. The father’s interest was stirred at the action of his son and proceeded to ask, “What are you doing?” “I’m trying to save the starfish—giving them a chance at life,” the son replied. The father began to look around and firmly stated, “Son, there are millions upon millions of starfish out here, further than the eye can see! You can’t save them all. The few that you threw back won’t make a difference—it won’t matter among so many.” With eyes of compassion the boy bent down and picked up another starfish, and with all his effort, threw it as far as he could into the blue water, all the while following it attentively with his eyes to see where it would end up. “It made a difference for that one. It mattered to him,” uttered the boy.

VNF president, Lam T. Chuong’s life was like the starfish. His story is a living testimony of one who would not have survived were it not for those who became a voice for him. It is a reminder that while your contribution will not save every individual, it matters profoundly to each one who is touched.