Friday, December 16, 2016

Letter from Tennessee River Executive Director, Faye Anderson - December 2016


#Blessed…I wonder how many of us tweet or post about our blessings? For many of us, we focus on what is going wrong and therefore Facebook and Twitter become a place to complain instead of a platform to share the good things in our lives.   For many of us, our list of blessings could go on forever.  For others, the list would consist of only a few words.

Often times, experiencing a disaster is one way that brings people together.  As I think about counting my blessings this Christmas season, my heart turns to the families that are struggling to find something to be thankful for.  They may have lost their homes, their livelihood and for some, a loved one.  My heart breaks for the ones who will have an empty chair at their table because of a disaster that was out of their control.  So many times we take for granted the roof over our head, the food on our table, and the smiling faces of our healthy children and loved ones.

We volunteer for the Red Cross because of the mission.  We show up in the middle of the night, on weekends and holidays to make sure that we give hope to those in need.

Disaster brings us together.

For each and every one of my volunteers, you are and continue to be a blessing to those you serve.  Your heart for others is what makes this organization vital in each community.  Thank you for blessing the Tennessee River Chapter with your talents and for using them to help others. You continue to be the beacon of hope in the midst of a dark reality for many people.

Thank you for allowing me to lead such a wonderful, talented group of individuals with hearts of gold!  Merry Christmas to each and every one of you, and may this holiday season bring peace and joy.


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