Congratulations to Margot, the winner of our $75 giveaway. I offered to send her a gift card for Amazon.com, but instead she asked that I send the money to the Altrusa International Foundation.
Altrusa sponsors book drives, organizes blood donation drives, volunteers at free health clinics, and more.
Although it has chapters across the world (including several in New Zealand and one in Ukraine), its focus is on the local community. The chapter based on Temple, Texas (population: 66,000), for example, “adopted” a local family that needed help, giving them furniture, rides to work, and other assistance.
That warms my heart. Margot won a contest and choose to share her good fortune with others.
In the wake of some tragic events that have happened in the U.S. recently, its important to focus on the fact that millions of people are making the world better, in ways both large and small:
- The stranger who taped plastic over an open car window during a rainstorm, along with a note that said “Didn’t want your car to get wet. Have a nice day!”
- The hurricane victims who handed rescue workers four or five bags of diapers and asked the rescuer to gift it to “someone who needs it worse than we do.”
- The man whose co-workers donated their vacation and sick days to help him get paid throughout his prolonged hospital stay.
These are the stories that happen everyday. It doesn’t make the headlines. But these small, kind acts comprise our world.
P.S. Margot requested that her donation go to the chapter based in the City of Temple, in central Texas. I’ve posted a screenshot of the donation for the sake of full transparency, which is one of my core values.
If you want to review the Altrusa’s financial statements, they’re posted at Justgive.org.