Even I can make a difference in someone’s life

I have written before that I do not have a green thumb so this may not be the best looking rose. However, it probably was at is peak of beauty last week when I was on vacation in Florida. What I see in my mind every time I look at this rose are the photos of the severely handicapped children who once a year get to spend time at the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp. The camp offers children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to leave behind their routine lives and taste the freedom of the outdoors – to go beyond limits that they, and others, have set for them. Three years ago I attended a Kiwanis auction fund raiser for the camp. This rose bush was just one of the many items I purchased either in the silent auction or the oral auction.
I have several favorite charities that I regularly contribute to. All of those organizations in one way or other help children who are homeless, abused or physically or mentally challenged.
Why do I give? Because I can. Because I care. And most of all, I give because I like knowing that even I can make a difference in someone’s life.
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