Our lives no longer belong to us alone;
they belong to all who need us desperately.
-Elie Wiesel, submitted by Jodie
You are not here merely to make a living.
You are here in order to enable the world to live…
with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world, and
impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
-Woodrow Wilson, submitted by Cheri
Last week, while travelling to spend a few days with the Missouri
School Food Service Association (a really fun group of people, by the
way!), I came across a newspaper article about a man from Tennesee
who decided to enrich the world in a rather unique way. He created
the website http://www.ModestNeeds.org and he takes requests from
people who have been getting by just fine, but then have a crisis or
unexpected need that creates a temporary shortage of money.
The man is not wealthy (he’s a university professor!), but he manages
to give away hundreds of his own dollars each month. Some people
have sent money, but far more people email him to say “nice job” than
actually pitch in with a donation. He mentioned on his website
recently that if everyone who sent an email had sent in $5, he would
be able to give away much more money.
SO, here is my idea: let’s all send him $5! I will collect all the
envelopes (without opening them) and match the donations (for each
envelope sent in, I’ll donate $5 too!). For each 100 people who
contribute, we’ll raise $1,000 for his foundation!, If even ten
percent of our members participated that would amount to $7,000!
Imagine how cool it will be for him to receive a giant box full of
money to fuel his passion!
C’mon, I dare you! Send just $5 and I’ll mention soon after how much
money we raised for him!
If you’re writing a check, make it payable to: Modest Needs Foundation
Send to: Ripples for Modest Needs, 1213 N Sherman #342, Madison WI 53704
I PROMISE it will enrich your world!