On a good day, it is easy to express thanks, share that feeling of contentment and be grateful for all you have.
Let’s look at gratitude on a bad day…week….month, or year. It’s hard yes, but not impossible.
The Thanksgiving holiday, from an emergency shelter perspective, is something I wish everyone could experience. Not to be homeless, I do not wish that on anyone. I am talking about the incredible sense of community that happens at our King Street shelter in October. The generous spirit of the Niagara community never fails to amaze me.
Local businesses, service clubs and individuals donate food and funds, enabling our top-notch team in the kitchen the ability to prepare the most delicious turkey dinners. Included are all the trimmings, and a few extras that we consider luxuries in the non-profit world. All in an effort to make the day one of a celebration of family, community and thankfulness.
People that have never met share what they have – with those in difficult circumstances.
I am honoured to see firsthand how this gesture from the community in their donations, and volunteering of their time, their caring …….fills the women and families at the shelter with gratitude. You can see it in their faces and feel it in their hearts. Someone cares, even when things look…well, bad.
To everyone that finds it in their hearts to give of themselves this Thanksgiving – THANK YOU, I am truly grateful for the hope you provide for the women and families we serve. Experiencing this every year, I am given the ability to draw on this feeling of connectedness when I am having a bad day. It also makes me reach out, beyond myself to help raise my community up – and for the ability to that…..I am also grateful.