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Counting Our Blessings

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With the hustle and hassles of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that this time of year has been set aside for us to count our blessings – family, friends, good health (and in where I live in Texas, many hours of Thanksgiving Day football!) Giving thanks seems to get lost as we segue from turkey day to Black Friday and the month-long buying frenzy leading up to Christmas. The true meaning of the holidays takes a back seat to doorbuster deals on flat screens at Best Buy.

For many, the traditions of Christmas include helping the less fortunate, and support from individuals makes a critical difference in the lives of people served by organizations like Volunteers of America. It helps us fill gaps in existing funding to create new services in response to emerging needs. Donations not only allow organizations like Volunteers of America to serve more people, but also to address the quality as well as the quantity of services. It is the factor that turns public housing into family homes, and makes the difference between simply keeping people alive and giving them a life.

This year, in addition to Black Friday and Cyber Tuesday, a coalition of charitable organizations have rallied together to establish “GivingTuesday,” a national social media movement scheduled the Tuesday following Thanksgiving to encourage others to give back to their communities. Volunteers of America is a partner of the GivingTuesday effort, and I encourage others to get involved as well. If you’d like to take part (and you Tweet), be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to show your support. You can find more information about the effort in this newsletter.

As Christmas approaches, we at Volunteers of America hope everyone will remember the true spirit of Christmas and focus on helping those in need. For more information on ways you can support Volunteers of America, please visit www.voa.org/Get-Involved/Give. To make a donation, please visit http://www.voa.org/spiritofgiving.

– By Mike King, National President and CEO, Volunteers of America

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