The Starfish Story

One day, an old man went for his usual walk along the beach in the early morning. It was a beautiful day following a stormy night and as he approached the beach, he noticed something was different; wrong. He got closer and saw thousands of starfish washed up on the shore.

The old man was devastated and overwhelmed by the helplessness of the starfish, knowing that out of the water, they would all soon die. In the distance, he saw the movement of a single person who was going to and fro from the water and back to the beach. As he drew nearer, the old man saw that the figure was that of a boy who was picking up starfish and putting them back in the sea. The boy told the man that starfish need to be in the water and he was helping them.

The man felt sorry for the foolishness of the child and, pointing out that there were thousands of starfish, told the boy that there were far too many for him to be able to make a difference. The boy bent down, picked up a starfish, walked across the stones, and placed it carefully in the water. "I made a difference to that one.", said the boy and continued with his work.

We may not be able to solve world poverty, but we can all do something. You could do something right now by donating to Feeding Futures.