Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
December 16, 2012 Volume 19, Number 9
This is not the message I had planned to use. But the horror of the events last Friday makes all the sweet Christmas stories I have seem like fingernails on a chalkboard.
The community of Newtown has been torn apart, but the hurt and the anger and the feelings of helplessness aren't confined to that community. To a lesser degree, but still very real, the pain has spread from sea to shinning sea. As is always the case, the boundaries between "them" and "us" have disappeared and we are all hurting.
Sadly, having gone through this before, we understand that we have to care for each other. There is no one else, no rescue team sent from some other place where they don't feel the pain. But the good news is that this is where we shine.
As Americans, as Kiwanians (... and, truth be told, as members of any service club) it's in our DNA to reach out to our neighbors, to come along side one another. to offer a hug or a helping hand. And while we can't make everything "all better," sometimes the thing that can help the most is to just be there. A simple thing that even a four year old can do...
The Most Caring Child
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."
--- Contributed by Joe Kramarz
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. All of its Clubs are independently-run community service groups.
The Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley normally meets at Bruno's Restaurant in Scott's Valley, CA, on Wednesdays at 7 am (second week of the month at 5:00 pm) - see the Scott's Valley Kiwanis website @ http://svkiwanis.org for details; The Kiwanis Club of Rosemead normally meets on Thursdays at 12:10 in Rosemead, CA - see the Rosemead Kiwanis website @ http://rosemeadkiwanis.org for confirmation and directions. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings of either club anytime.
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