To the editor: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." - Mother Teresa

There are little ripples of positive change in our community, and one of them is that you see more people becoming involved by pulling their resources to help others. Whether they are organizations, committees or individuals, there is one common goal: to make our town a better place to live, work and play in.

On Sunday Oct. 20, a vision, or as he put it, a dream, came to fruition. Rob Weary, who works at The News Item, put together a "Talent Showcase" that did just that - showcased our local talent. Just as great as the talent was the cause. This two-hour show was to benefit three organizations who work year 'round to bring positive changes to our town: Northumberland County Council for the Arts, Citizens for a Better Community and Manna for the Many food pantry.

The dream drove the man, and the results of months of planning came together as many enjoyed the afternoon's presentations.

Thank you to Rob and The News-Item staff who supported his efforts, and all those who attended to make the afternoon a memorable one.

Mother Teresa's mother extended an open invitation to the city's destitute to dine with her family and told her daughter to never eat a mouthful unless you are sharing it with others. When she asked her mother who it was that were eating with them, her mother said, "some are our relations, but all of them are our people."

Be the one to cast the stone across the waters and cause the ripples of positive change to take place in our town.

Thank you, Rob, and all who gave of their time and talent for a wonderful afternoon!

Jeanne Shaffer

Executive director

Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities