Watching It’s a Wonderful Life last night warmed my heart, as it suggested to me that our work building a pay-what-you-can, non-profit community meal is an endeavor rooted in longstanding and enduring aspects of American culture. The scene that suggested this to me was the way that protagonist George Bailey (played by James Stuart) narrowly dodges a collapse of his small, locally based lending institution by leading community members to understand how their self interest is closely tied to the welfare of the community as a whole. Supporters of the Stone Soup Café and other local businesses and non-profits inspire me with the same type of leadership.
The ability of the Stone Soup Café to feed people, nurture community and change lives depends on the voluntary contributions made at the meal and through other donations. While regular reports of the harmful effects of excessive greed and materialism sadden me, the eagerness of people to put their time and money into community provides me with a beacon of hope.
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Stone Soup Café Executive Director