Friday, November 6, 2015

Letter from Tennessee River Executive Director, Faye Anderson - November 2015

A Season of Thanksgiving

November is the time of year that we all look around the table and become very thankful for our family, our health, and our little world as we know it.   It is the time of year that just for a moment our homes become full of wonderful smells and sounds of the holiday, and we stop, hold hands around the table, look up and realize how blessed we are and where the blessings come from.  Our families gather together around the TV to watch a football game or a parade full of beautiful floats.  Laughter rings out as we take the time to visit and reminisce.   Our tables are full of recipes that were handed down from one generation to the next, usually made just once a  year.

The conversation in the kitchen goes to how grandma used to make the dressing, and how nobody could ever get their recipe to taste like hers.  The memories of those we love that have passed on are brought to life through conversations and their memory and their presence is once again felt in our homes.  We become thankful for the times that we shared with them and for what they taught us through their journey and connection to our own lives.

I want to take this time to say how thankful I am for each and every person that I work with.  Volunteers that I have grown to know and love that will always have a special place in my heart.   I am thankful for all of the Red Cross employees that I share the same passion with day after day.  We are blessed with the ability to go to work every day and still play a role in helping those in need throughout our communities.

Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Tennessee River Chapter and may we carry this thankful spirit with us throughout the year!  Here is a recipe that will help us as we strive to make our journey a meaningful one…

"Recipe for Love"
2 Hearts Full of Love
2 Heaping Cups of Kindness
2 Armfuls of Gentleness
2 Cups of Friendship
2 Cups of Joy
2 Big Hearts Full of Forgiveness
1 Lifetime of Togetherness
2 Minds Full of Tenderness
Stir daily with Happiness, Humor and Patience.
Serve with Warmth and Compassion, Respect and Loyalty.

Author: Unknown

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