On a trip to a developing country, while attending a function, I witnessed a young disabled man was assisted off a tour bus on to a chair and the event hall by four individuals. At the conclusion of the event, four different volunteers unrelated to the man again spontaneously lifted up the chair and hand carried him to the tour bus. On my way back to the U.S. I envisaged what a difference a wheelchair will make in the life of this disabled person, I quickly sent out email requests to few friends to source a wheelchair in good condition. I was surprised at the speed at which a wheelchair was donated for the benefit of this gentleman. The wheel chair was promptly shipped to this individual and a few months later, I received a heartfelt thank you note from the gentleman expressing gratitude for the opportunity to regain some of his lost independence and how he is now able to go door to door visiting and assisting others.
My take away lesson from this experience was that in all communities, there are willing individuals ready to do everything in their power to make a difference like the individuals who spontaneously stepped up to give the handicap a lift; such as friends in faraway country who had never met this person yet donated a wheelchair.
As such needs are consciously noted, and active steps taken to coordinate efforts to bring resource to needs, relief is often at hand. At Communitywide, we seek to bring resource to the needy and create relief.