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Updated: December 6, 2013 6:06AM
Reasons to be thankful
On this Thanksgiving I will be thinking of all the reasons I have to be thankful — and then I recalled as a volunteer at local nursing homes of all those did not have the same reasons as I did to be happy.
There are those who have lost their homes and loved ones, those who don’t have a family to gather around a festive table heavy with food, families who just don’t care. The sick, the starving, and abandoned children those suffering and dying in piles of garbage appear to me as in a vision.
Most of us are fortunate and have so many reasons to be thankful. Yet we complain about the price of the turkey we want to purchase for our feast, even though we have the funds to buy it. What it cost to heat our homes, even though we can afford to turn up the stat just a tad. We watch our children playing in the den and running through the house; so many children have legs that cannot run. It is hard for them to laugh yet somehow they find a way to do so.
Those who are sick and cold, friendless and frightened — I have seen the pain in their eyes and feel their longing to be with their own families once again. Much can be done to help them by reaching out to our brothers and sisters.