Over the weekend a number of friends and myself celebrated the life of Ben Brown, who we lost over the summer of 2006 in a tragic accident. It was a touching weekend full of laughs and love, and one of the collective goals has been to raise money in Ben's name for Part of the Solution (POTS), a charity in the Bronx that helps to serve those in the community who need it most.
In a city where there seems to be a neverending supply of causes or charities, this is certainly a grassroots sort of organization that is working within the community from the ground-up. Unlike larger, corporate charities, the money that we are raising in Ben's name will make a direct and visible difference to the people involved. If anyone reading this has been thinking about giving some cash this summer to help a cause, I think this is a great place to look and to begin.
Ben was a beautiful person, and we all miss him SO sooooo much. He would be really proud of what's been done so far! The key to dealing with hardships is often to reach out to those who have it even harder, which is what this is all about. Take a minute and learn a bit more about POTS - and think about what you might be able to do to help people everywhere or anywhere who might be down on their luck. Be part of the solution :) and follow what's right.