BH STARFISH SQUAD We are helping people and families directly.
Names are only shared w/permission. We protect everyone's privacy.
An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean. “Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” “The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.” “But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.” The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.” The old man looked at the young woman and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
BH Friend NOVEMBER 2017
As a backyard humanitarian volunteer, I never thought I would be in a position where I would be the one needing assistance. When I say I’ve hit a rock bottom, I have truly hit the lowest one I think I’ve ever reached in my whole entire life.
There are days where I have struggled just to figure out where I would get just a little bit of money for food (for me and my 2 small dogs who are my family). I have sold as many items as I possibly could sell in order to pay the most important bills. There have been many dark days where I have literally wondered whether my life was worth living or not. It’s hard not to lose faith and confidence.
I need the kindness of strangers just so that I can get by for a little while. I know if I keep working hard that my life will improve, but I just need to get through this terrible time. Any kind of assistance would be welcomed.
"Joe" - Stamford resident, hard worker, father. Joe went lived and worked in the Stamford area his entire life. He lost his job and then became ill with serious health issues. No car and not able to work. At first, he was able to stay with a family member for a while until she became too ill herself. Soon, he had no place to live. He was in a desperate situation. He was able to make an arrangement at a local / small family hotel to stay in a room temporarily thanks to the kindness and generosity of the owner but the hotel owner also had bills to pay and could not afford many more days. So one of Joe's friends contacted us to help.
BH Help: With the help of some generous BH friends we were able to help pay part of the room cost directly to the hotel to help the owner so Joe could be assured a room and stay inside through the winter. With BH moral support & help with referrals and resources, Joe felt less fearful of his future, less alone and regained confidence and hope to be able to work out a plan with his work. He knew that his future would include volunteering and giving back.
Family / Isaiah Butler & Family - family help due to heart transplant In 2008, while at school, Isaiah Butler suffered a heart attack (he was born in 1998 with a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy). This lead to surgery and doctors placing a defibrillator within Isaiah to maintain his condition. The heart attack caused both sides of Isaiah's heart irreparable damage to which his lungs have been affected by constant fluid build up. Isaiah is currently on the donor list for a heart transplant in 2012. Due to all of this his mother was unable to continue to work full time as she had to go back and forth from Stamford to Boston Children's hospital making it very difficult to take care of her home, other children and bills.
BH Help: 2012 Team up and help with gift cards for food and gas. We also helped with donations of cleaning products so the house would be sanitized when her son returned home. We did everything we could to raise awareness. Soon local businesses joined into help; Air purifier and house cleaning from Servicemaster and new washer & dryer from Aitoro Appliance.
BH FOR LIFE 4 LONI To help a Stamford family, specifically 2 young children; 4 years old and 5 months old. We are going to help in an immediate way with: food, formula & diapers. BH Help ***Diapers for Preston (2) two years old L - XL Overnight Brand (CVS carries them ***Diapers for Ciara who is (5) five months wears size 3 any brand ***Formula for Ciara "CiCi" ~ Similac (sensitive) ***Baby Food for CiCi ~ Rice/Oatmeal cereal, baby fruit jars (stage 2)
Family / Stamford Family - Wheelchair ramp for mom (anonymous donation from fundraiser) Friend / Hotel room during emergency - snow storm (shelters overflowed) Friend / Homeless senior citizen - winter boots, information for help/shelter ( he is now in a senior home)