Loren Eisley was a twentieth century academic
and writer. The following is a paraphrase of a well-known story that he wrote as the “Star Thrower” and then revised
a few times:
A writer, while walking along the
shore early one morning, spotted a stranger repeatedly pick starfish from the sand and throw them one-by-one into the sea.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the water?” the writer asked. The stranger answered, “The sun is up
and the tide is going out. They will dry and die here.” The writer pointed out there were thousands of starfish on the
beach, one person could never make a difference."I made a difference for that one”, the stranger
answered, tossing another starfish into the welcoming sea.
Making a difference
can happen in many ways. Each of you can help “throw starfish back into the sea” by supporting Family Health
Care’s work with the vulnerable who happen to be part of our community.