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Chapter Six

Be There

We don’t have to find the cure for cancer to make a difference to the world. . . we only have to share our lives with other people.

Rabbi Harold Kushner1

I have always been an advocate of crossing lines that keep people from helping one another. Those lines may be intangible barriers such as social status, or physical ones, such as an ocean. I am convinced that one of the reasons certain groups of people aren’t cared for is that we simply never think of them. That’s why, on many of our airlifts, we try to find groups of people to visit that would not be obvious. Then, when our volunteers return to their home towns, they are much more aware of those who are out on the margins of our attention. Once people see how ...

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