Ever heard the story about the boy trying to save the world one Starfish at a time?
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”
Well, we have a strange twist to add to the story…..we have more people than starfish! That’s right, we have officially exceeded the number of volunteers we have space for on the build site. So let me re-phrase our challenge, we have more people than Starfish “on our beach”….meaning we can’t accommodate all the volunteers willing to help-specifically at the build site.
BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t help. It just means we need to relocate to other parts “of the beach” where you can make a huge difference one starfish at a time. There will be some openings during the week, there will be a spectator viewing area later in the week and there will be plenty of things to do away from the actual build site where you can make a huge difference. If you have not received an assignment yet, stay tuned and be patient, we want all of you involved.
So therefore what?
Over the next day or two, we will be announcing related events for the coming days and we will be posting directions & hours in which public viewing areas will be set up. So please, continue to stay tuned to learn more as we get closer to starting our Extreme Build and making a huge difference to every Starfish we can reach. One need we still have is the need for donations. All proceeds go straight to the family in some way. Help all you can and also spread the word.
For those volunteers we assign to the build site, here’s what happens:
Volunteers will be directed to an off-site parking area where there will be a check in tent – where Volunteers will sign in and recieve shirts/hats. We will announce details on this tomorrow morning around 10:30 AM by email, phone, web, Facebook and if I can find a carrier pigeon nearby I will put him to work too. LOL!
From the holding tent the Volunteer coordinators will dispatch you to your assigned duties. Because this project happens in stages, we will make sure to communicate with you, so when in doubt, check your email We may not be quick to reply to emails right now because of the overwhelming response but we will definitely communicate with you when we get the green light to start mobilizing.
West Texas, you rock!