This blog was contributed by our Executive Director, Sean Lawrence.
Last year I turned 45 and for the most part I have no gripes about getting older, with the exception of one thing – my declining sight. I’ve had 20/20 vision my whole life; I had it at 10, I had it at 20, I had it at 44, but something happened at 45. For the first time in my life I don’t have perfect vision.
My morning newspaper now has to be held in direct light for me to know what’s going on in the world. My iPhone continues to deliver all the information I need anytime I want it, but unfortunately I can’t see it without my glasses, and even then I look scarily like my father holding it closer to my face than it was designed to be held. I own a very convenient small print Bible that fits nicely into my back pocket but I can no longer read it because the “youthfully small” font is nothing but a holy blur!
But while my eyesight is no longer 20/20, the vision I have for Giving Children Hope remains clear and this year we are kicking off a campaign to highlight this vision. To celebrate our 20th year of service we are launching an ambitious program to create 20 healthy communities in 2013. Once fulfilled, this vision will provide backpacks full of food to schools that we’re not yet serving, provide medical clinics to communities that don’t have access to healthcare, and medicines to villages struggling with treatable ailments.
As we as a staff meet and strategize about how we can best reach these goals, we move forward in the confidence of knowing that we are part of a larger community of servants committed to bringing health to kids in crisis. We hope you’ll join us in this year in whatever capacity you can – volunteer, advocate, donate – to help us reach our goal of 20 healthy communities in 2013.