Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I believe its importance goes beyond simply celebrating a national holiday; it’s a time-honored tradition for families to travel from around the country to catch up, eat great food, catch a football game, partake in the craziness of Black Friday, and above all – give thanks.
Thanksgiving to most is a reminder of how important it is to take time out of our busy lives to reflect on how fortunate we are. This reflection often inspires families to get together and volunteer their time to help those who are less fortunate. It’s a reminder to not only give to others, but to express our utmost appreciation to those who have given to us – whether it was their time, wisdom, encouragement, love and even their lives – our gratitude acts as a small token of appreciation.
This Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all those who volunteered after super storm Sandy. Sandy left thousands of people without food, clothing and their homes. Several families were trapped in their homes by floodwaters and record high percentages of residents in the New York and New Jersey area were left without power. The flooding and power outages prevented many people from receiving adequate medical care.
Despite the obstacles, thousands of volunteers from around the country mobilized and showed strong resilience as they continued to rescue, feed, clothe, house, and provide medical attention to survivors in hard-hit communities. This day, despite the tough times ahead, there are still things we can be thankful for and it’s for this very reason so many volunteers have come together to aid in the recovery efforts. These selfless volunteers found the time and energy to throw themselves into this cause and their efforts have not gone unnoticed, we are voicing our appreciation – thank you for making a difference.
If you are looking for ways to give your support in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many organizations are still looking for volunteers and resources. Find out how you can help at: