I have been reading post all over Facebook where friends and some of my family are asking the big question, "What are you thankful for?" I have seen everyone being thankful for family, friends, a roof over their heads etc… Not ONE person was thankful for anything that did not revolve around them.
Yes I am thankful for what I have, family friends, roof, walls, food and all the trappings the help me live day to day. Here is what I am thankful for:
-Our Community officer and I have collected enough coats to distribute to to those in our district that need a coat for themselves or their children. Left overs are always given to the Homeless.
-I am thankful for the Minister at the small church around the corner from me opened his church doors to officers out on a cold night at a homicide of a police officer two blocks from my house. They were able to get warm and get food that a restaurant delivered to the church all while grieving for the officer who lost his life.
-I am thankful that when I did a ride along earlier this month with two different Homicide Detectives that when they notified the family of a woman who was DOA and the mom and step dad of a young man they did it with compassion, dignity and respect. A young untrained officer would have bungled it.
-I am thankful for the Social Worker who knows that many of the kids at the only High School in our district are homeless or are in need of Toiletries.With my help and the help of people in the community who helped her spread the word, her Toiletry Drive was a big success.She told me at our last Community Meeting that people are still asking if they can donate.
-I am thankful for all the Churches and organizations as well as Police Districts that were able to collect enough food to distribute to the community or who got enough food donated to feed the homeless hot meals this Thanksgiving.
We all have so many things to be thankful for. There are people in every city and town who are far less fortunate than we are yet people frown upon them for being homeless or begging for money. Some are out there taking advantage of the kindness of others and don't need the money or food. Some are out their begging for money for drugs and alcohol and you can easily weed them out. The kid standing in front of a store begging for change might want that change to get something to eat or to feed a smaller sibling.
All I am saying is being thankful for what you have is well and fine. If you pay it forward, that is where the thankfulness begins. Giving a homeless person a sandwich is fine and it does not to be a healthy sandwich. they don't care as long as it is food. That person will be thankful that you fed him. Buy an extra pair of socks for the homeless man you see everyday. He will be thankful that his feet are warm. If you have coats to donate, instead of going for the few cents of a tax break, give it to a homeless person. He or she will be thankful you kept him/her warm. Do the same thing with blankets you no longer need.
Next year let's be thankful because we were able to help someone else.
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