Thanksgiving 2016; What I Am Grateful For

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An unexpected journey fell upon me. It came from a terrible time in history where so many of us reeled from the loss of what was. It is odd to speak of the abundance of good that has come from that day. I often feel guilty to speak about how that day opened a gateway to the giving and compassionate community of people I now interact with daily.

We all make decisions, and the thing that I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving is your decision to join me, in some way, on my journey. I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers I have worked with in the field; for an hour, a day, a week or years. I am grateful for the board members who have contributed their time, mentorship and influence. I am grateful for those that have worked with me for the last 15 years and how they have shaped the direction of World Cares Center. I am grateful for my friends and family who have all selflessly chipped in.

There is a question that I have been asked, time and time again, whenever I am amongst a large group of World Cares Center volunteers and supporters. Someone, who is just getting to know us, will ask me, “Are these all your friends?” as if to try and understand the dynamic. They wonder, “Who are all these people?” I used to get insulted. Why, no! They are supporters! Volunteers! Staff! And board members! However, after giving this a lot of thought, my opinion has changed. I am no longer offended but honored; honored and grateful to all of you, my friends.

We are making a difference together every day. Every single day someone is utilizing the education we provided to them, or stepping up to lead in times of crisis, or coming together and avoiding injury and disease because of the training they have taken from World Cares Center. So on this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the impact we are able to make. But most of all, I am thankful for YOU.

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