We can accomplish more working together than we ever can apart. That’s a basic insight of both the Jewish and Christian traditions. More than 3,000 years ago, King David wrote:
One can put a thousand to flight, And two can put 10,000 to flight.
One of the Proverbs says: “Many hands make light work.”
A young rabbi from Galilee said something similar a thousand years later:
Whenever two or three of you agree, touching any one thing, it shall be done.
Which is to say, cooperation is a multiplier. We are seeing this in cities across America in our Ukraine Survival Campaign, a national effort to fill shipping containers with the basic necessities of life needed by 1.4 million persons displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Detroit is setting the pace for the national campaign. Working in conjunction with the Ukrainian-American Civic Committee and local faith communities, the campaign has packed more than 1,500 boxes with clothes and basic necessities of life, as well as obtaining larger items such as hospital beds and wheelchairs. It’s enough to fill two containers.
Mayor James Fouts of Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, announced a city-wide initiative by placing receptacles for collecting clothes on city property and including a flyer with residents’ water bills requesting donations. As a result, hundreds of people have connected to the project who have no Ukrainian roots or connection; they are simply people who care.
Epic Events, a local non-profit organization, sponsored a cruise for 20-somethings on the Detroit River on June 28th to raise awareness and funds for Save Ukraine Now.
The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit has announced a “Children Helping Children” talent show on October 23rd at the Detroit Opera House to benefit Save Ukraine Now, a Syrian refugee relief organization and an African organization yet to be named.
Everyday, stories like these are pouring into our office from Chicago, Orlando, Baltimore and Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Hundreds of faith-based and civic organizations are joining the cause, and we are just starting.
Cooperation has become the multiplier. And we have not yet begun to see what can happen if our campaign goes viral, but we will.