2009 was a tough year for a lot of communities, Wichita being one of them. It seemed that no one could escape completely. It touched everyone. Families. Friends. Strangers. We were all in it together.
As the year closed the stories started to roll in. People with the heart to give to those who were in need stepped up and did what they felt needed to be done. Mother in London gave $10,000 to any person who would respond to their suspiciously-written email. Local businesses banded together to encourage giving and doing good deeds. An organization provided an opportunity for people to make an impact in the life of starving people in Haiti. And many more equally compelling stories.
But that was a month ago. Now we’re on our way to making 2010 better than 2009. Our focus is on strengthening existing relationships while building new ones. My fear is that the more days we put between now and then, we’ll become numb to the ever existing challenge of helping our neighbor and we’ll forget what it’s like to help our brothers and sisters along the path. Let’s all commit to never forget.