Why I Choose to Give

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By Laura Black
Super Sunday Co-chair

I believe we are all the same much more than we are different. We all strive to get through life the best that we can. We try to be good parents, children, siblings and friends. We strive to live by good values.

We want to provide for our families. We want to see our children reach their own goals and define their own paths. We want to laugh and we want to feel. We want to do and we want to experience. We yearn to learn and we seek to teach. We want to cherish our loved ones and we want to cherish sacred moments. We want good health. And we want purpose. We want to feel valued and we want strong connections. We are the same more than we are different. We all just do the best that we can.

But, sometimes that’s not enough. Sometime we just can’t.

Some of us are hungry. Some of us are lacking for shelter. Some of us cannot afford our medicines. Some of us can’t heat our homes. Some of us can’t fix our roofs. Some of us can’t drive to medical appointments. And some of us can’t even walk to the mailbox.

Some of us live with an abusive spouse. And some of us have lost our way. Some of us are fighting deadly addictions. And some of us can’t afford one more moment drowning in loneliness. And some of us just need a place to grow.

As a member of this Baltimore Jewish community, we have help. We have The Associated.

We have a place that will help take care of our needs if we are not able to do it alone. We have a place that will provide roofs over our heads and food for our children. We have a place that will open its arms and take care of its most vulnerable. And we have a place that will allow us to enjoy the greatest gift of all –the gift of giving. Whether through our dollars or our hours, we have a place where we can make a difference.

So, how can we not help? How can we be so blinded by the shades of our own world that we cannot take a moment to look out? How can we not see the needs of our fellow Jews? And, if we see the needs—how can we not help? How can we not help?

I urge you to come to Super Sunday. I urge you to give just oen hour of your time. In just one hour we have the opportunity to reach out. We have the opportunity to help. We even have the opportunity to bring our children and grandchildren and teach by example.

We have the opportunity to experience the caring and giving of this magnificent community. We have the chance to see that we are all the same more than we are different.

Why do I choose to give? How can I not?

Super Sunday will be held on Sunday, October 27, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC. To volunteer, go to associated.org/supersunday.

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