By Emily Oehler, WTC Stratcom
To me, Thanksgiving is the kick-off of the holiday season—a time of year to recognize blessings and express gratitude. During this time of year, I try to think about how I can demonstrate my thankfulness. Cooking a big meal for my Family, cards to my friends, a party for co-workers, canned food for my local food pantry, an extra church donation, and for the past four years, getting goodie packages to those Soldiers working mortuary affairs in Iraq. It might seem like an odd combination, but to me, it works. Thank those who support me, my community, and the country.
This week, I read a troublesome article in USA Today about the fact that many charities that support our wounded servicemembers and their Families are facing financial hardship. These charities support camps for wounded children, transportation for Family members to see their wounded warrior, as well as recreational opportunities, adaptive services, and legal guidance. It’s hard for me to imagine there is not enough support for any nonprofit with all that we have as a country.
I know budgets are tight, but time and talent are free. So as you sit down to your turkey feast this year, don’t just say thanks—give thanks. Think about all we could do if we literally give thanks. If you’re thankful for those who serve, give a pat on the arm to someone in uniform. If you’re thankful for books, give time reading to kids in a homeless shelter. If you’re thankful for your health, run/walk a 5K for a medical cause.
I hope you’ll comment on this blog about how you gave thanks and inspire others to do the same.