August 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – I hope you’ll take heart from this inspiring news. After writing an article about the plight of flood victims in Afghanistan facing starvation, including women and girls at literacy schools founded by East County’s own Rescue Task Force, I received this heart-warming letter from RTF leaders Gary Becks and Andrea Stone:
“Miriam, you win the Motivating Journalism prize for the day... Probably for the next couple years! Sent your article to our board members and a number of supporters last night. Have just received a commitment to match up to $10,000 in donations …I was / am so impressed at reading your article…Thank you - you have touched many lives... and hearts.”
But wait, it gets better. Today, RTFsent us this update. “The SoCo Group, a local petroleum distributing company, has committed to match $10,000 in donations for Rescue Task Force's Afghanistan flood relief project.” (More help is needed; donations may be made at www.rescuetaskforce.org.)
Sometimes in journalism, as in other walks of life, it’s easy to get discouraged by so much bad news in the world. Yet stories like this serve as reminders that we all have the power to make a positive difference in this world.
How many lives will be saved a world away, just because of one small story in our local news publication?
Next time you’re not sure if your own efforts really matter, or whether it’s worth the effort to try speak out in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, please remember this story – and take action. Your efforts really can make a difference!