If You Give – The Miracle Can Happen To You

If You Give – The Miracle Can Happen To You

In the 1988 movie “Scrooged,” Bill Murray’s character, Frank Cross, is a miserly, closed-hearted man who reinvents himself. Frank is transformed into a person with an open heart who embraces the world around him rather than withdrawing from life.

He does this by listening, by learning and by leaving his worst parts behind. Rather than focusing on himself, he recognizes the life that’s happening around him. He experiences personal growth that affects how he treats others.

Yes, I know it’s May and I’m writing about a holiday movie. I actually find it odd that emphasis is placed on being nice to everyone only one time of the year. As someone who doesn’t really “do” holidays, this movie serves as a valuable lesson in the spring as well as during the yuletide season.

“We all act a little nicer; we smile a little easier; we cheer a little more,” according to Frank. “For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”

We are blessed with having the absolute best members here at the BA Senior Center. We have leaders who volunteer so others can enjoy activities and programs. We have a Master Gardener who takes care of our garden and flower beds. We have people who help set up and break down rooms for programming. We have several nurses who’ve stepped up in times of medical need. We even have a civil engineer who can create scaled drawings. We have member after member who has helped when needed.

“You have to do something,” Frank explains at the climax of the movie. “You have to take a chance. You do have to get involved. There are people who are having trouble making their miracle happen. If you give, then it can happen – then the miracle can happen to you!”

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the Senior Health and Resource Fair a success for the 29th straight year. Thank you to the volunteers who work in the kitchen every day to feed 100 people for lunch. Thank you to the person who makes the popcorn for the movie when I can’t make it on Wednesdays.

Volunteers help us advance our mission. They help us to deliver more than 50 programs a week. They assist with providing a safe place with activities to help people 55 and over stay physically active and socially engaged.

Thank you all for the help you provide.


Sean Simpson