It was a beautiful day. My grandmother decided it was a great day to visit West Pond. Our family gathered fishing poles, bait and lunch, and we embarked on an adventure. There was always a contest to see who could catch the “biggest” or the “most” fish. When we arrived, I rushed for my cane pole ready to catch the big one.
I tossed the line, the bobber hit the water and, from the splash, a beautiful ripple was created that seemed to go outward forever.
It did not take long before I was bored.
I knew there were more adventures waiting. So, I walked around the water’s edge being careful to watch for snakes (which terrify me) since the grass was particularly high. In my path, I found some great skipping rocks. Have you ever noticed the ripple effect when you toss a rock to skip on a pond’s surface? It causes small waves and the small waves expand from the point where the rock touches the water rippling across the pond.
When you touch our ministry with your prayerful support you create a “ripple” effect. You make things happen for those in need. You touch lives that touch other lives that to this day continue touching others.
A letter came across my desk this week, it was from a BCH friend and faithful supporter, David Clark, who lives in Elizabethtown. Mr. Clark sent a gift to celebrate the birthday of his 80-year-old friend Paul Gibson Butler, Jr. In the envelope, Mr. Clark also enclosed the letter he had received from his friend Mr. Butler.
Mr. Butler wrote: “I will be 80 years old this coming Friday, May 1, 2020. I am sending this letter to 80 of my friends, both near and far, to ask that you help celebrate my birthday.”
He shared his disappointment at not being able to gather to celebrate his birthday in person due to the COVID-19 crisis. But was determined to turn this hardship into a positive. He decided to create a ripple effect that would touch lives that touch other lives.
To celebrate his birthday in a very unique and special way, he challenged 80 of his friends to commemorate his milestone by doing good for others in a compelling and memorable way. Mr. Butler mailed 80 of his friends $80 each, one dollar for each year of his life. He asked them to spend their $80 in a manner that eases the burden or despair of someone impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hopefully, in a few months, as our lives and work return to ‘normal,’ we can gather or talk by phone about how you leveraged this modest amount of money in a meaningful way.”
Mr. Clark received his May issue of Charity & Children and upon opening his friend’s letter, decided to send his $80 to help our children. The ripple effect that both of these men created with their lives is a ripple effect you create each time you reach out and touch the lives of others with acts of kindness.
Happy 80th Birthday Mr. Butler!
I will be interested to hear about the ripple effect of each of these gifts sent to your 80 friends.
To each of you, thank you for sustaining our ministry at this time. Our hearts are filled with gratitude! For food, food cards, protective masks, encouraging cards, for lifting us up through your prayers, for each and every gift of support.
You make it possible for us to be here with arms open as each hurting person walks through our doors. The ripple effect of your investment in their lives will make a difference for generations to come!
And our children thank you!
Article Written by Brenda B. Gray, Executive Vice President, Development & Communications