“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
~ Helen Keller ~
Forty eight years ago a Toronto mother of seven knew she had to do “something.” Abortion was about to become legal in Canada and she knew she just couldn’t sit by and do nothing. There must be “something” she could do to help these Moms choose Life. Birthright was this “something.” Her thought was that even if just one baby’s life was saved from abortion it would be worth it. Today, all these years later, this “something” is alive and well and still helping girls and women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose Life for their Unborn child. All over Canada, the United States and several countries in Africa, Birthright volunteers are there giving hugs, holding hands and wiping tears with love. Small but so important “somethings”. As we approach the upcoming seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas let us take the time to reflect on our own lives. Perhaps there is “something” that you can do to make life better for someone you meet. A simple smile as you hold the door for someone, a thank you when that door is held for you. Would it be so hard to say “I’m sorry” to someone you have hurt? It doesn’t have to be a very large “something”. We are so fortunate to be living in these wonderful countries. Let us work together to share our good fortune with those who need just a little “something” to make their lives better.
Please keep our wonderful volunteers in your prayers as they carry on this labour of love begun so many years ago.
CoPresident, Birthright International
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the color changes, the sounds of harvest, the different smells, and the cozy feeling fall brings. As we settle into November and the holidays are upon us; it's easy to feel as though this time of year comes so fast and is over before we know it. Sometimes it's hard to be fully present when our to-do lists edge out the practice of counting our blessings. I encourage you to slow down just enough to experience the moments of joy surrounding us everyday. We have so many blessings to be thankful for: family, friends (old and new), our health, the gift of life.
There are so many blessings in my life that I am thankful for; I'm thankful for all of you and all that you give, because you are the heart of Birthright. I'm thankful for Mary Berney and Victoria Summerhill Fox, the two pair of hands that run the International office. I'm thankful for the guidance and wisdom given by the Co-Presidents and International Board that keeps Birthright strong and running smoothly.
I hope you are able to slow down during this holiday season and enjoy every moment.
Birthright USA National Director