Today we give thanks for the food on our table and for the friends and family that surround us. Keep those spending their Thanksgiving away from their friends and family serving their country in your thoughts and prayers.
A great many of us lead blessed lives; a great many of us do not. Remember today those who are less fortunate. In this economically uncertain time, people and companies are giving less and less to charities. Agencies and organizations that help the underprivileged are stuggling to continue the same level of assistance that they have traditionally provided.
The Jaycee Creed states that, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” Service can mean a lot of things. It can mean donating money or in-kind donations but it can also mean donating your time. Often, an hour or two of your time can have as much impact as if you had donated twenty or thirty dollars and in many cases, a greater impact. Today we lead incredibly busy lives. Between work and sometimes school, family and children’s activities, it can be difficult to find an hour of free time to just sit and relax in your week, and that is what makes donating your time so much more valuable.
As we enter the Christmas season, I encourage you to reach into your pockets or your day planners and do something good. Through the dedication of the people of Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas, we can make our community a better place to live and help our neighbors when they need a hand.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your family and friends. Don’t eat too much!
In Jaycee Spirit,