Through Future Eyes – Be the Difference

By: ellis j. still

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has”

               Margaret Mead

I am personally thankful for the many blessings, grace, and mercies on my life. Just last year my wife and I spent the Christmas holidays living in a hotel. Our furnace had stopped working which left our house heatless on the coldest days of the winter, our basement was under water and there was a sewage line break… with no idea as to how we were going to come up with the thousands of dollars to pay for it all. Looking back on all of this, it really makes you appreciate what you have. You realize that no matter where you are in life, there are many people less fortunate than you. If the economy  didn’t teach us anything else, it taught us that nothing can be taken for granted… that money, or anything else in the world can be gone in an instant. In my gratefulness for what I do have, it is my natural tendency to give to others.

I recently connected with a non-profit organization called Through Future Eyes  that acknowledges that unemployment, illiteracy, domestic violence, and poverty are factors that impact the homeless ( Their goal is to promote positive change. From Thursday, December 9th through Sunday December 12th, Through Future Eyes is sponsoring a Christmas drive for homeless shelters in various cities in Northern New Jersey. TBB will be volunteering to help take in donated materials for the multiple day events. Giving to the homeless is an area that is especially close to my heart, since I once lived in a homeless shelter myself. Nothing warms the heart more than knowing that there are people out there that care.

Shennell Barnes, Founder, President and CEO of the Newark, NJ based Through Future Eyes simply saw a need to be met, created the opportunity to meet the need, and acted on it. Through Future Eyes has since provided clothing and shoes to more than a thousand people in Newark alone. Not everyone has to go out and create a non-for profit organization in order to make a difference. There are many organizations out there in our communities where you can volunteer your time and effort to help someone less fortunate than you are. If you are in the northern New Jersey area, you can come out and join us as we seek to make a difference for someone else. For more information on the dates and times, visit, email at or call Shennell Barnes at (201) 306-7511.

Question: What are you doing to serve those in need in your community?

© 2010, Ellis J. Still. All rights reserved 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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