Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

I have been thinking a lot these days about gratitude. I think one of the gifts of growing older is the irresistible urge to stop from time to time, no matter how crazy-busy life gets, to give thanks for life's many blessings. I am blessed with a strong, loving family. I have food and shelter. When I turn on the tap, or flip the switch, there is clean water, light, and heat. If any of those things should suddenly disappear, I have good friends who would offer help. And, I have you. Over the past three years you have sent over 700 items to Nest, providing warmth and comfort to many, many people. I am incredibly grateful for that. We are a tiny group by most standards but our work has made a significant difference to hundreds of people. And that is worth thinking about.

Although I am not able to write to each and every one of you, please know that your work is appreciated. I am the lucky one because I have seen the faces and heard the voices of people who wear the lovely things you create. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, give yourself a little pat on the shoulder. You have made a difference.

As always, the P.O. box is open. Until warm weather arrives, we will continue to deliver any items received to two area shelters. As both shelters serve families, anything goes in terms of patterns and sizes. If you have any questions please contact me. Thank you!