This week, we look to our local firefighters. They are our everyday heroes, saving lives. Whether they are on duty or off duty, out to lunch, out with their family, or enjoying their day off, firefighters and paramedics are trained to step into action when they see someone in distress. It’s that simple, they are SELFLESS individuals with the passion to help others.
I’d like to spend the next 8 ½ weeks focusing on Thanksgiving. That’s right, Thanksgiving. Yes, I know that the official American holiday falls on the fourth Thursday in November, not the last Monday in September. So, yes, I know that I’m a little early. But I’d like to begin to offer some thoughts on Thanksgiving, even though we won’t be sitting down to a Turkey dinner for another 1,254 hours or so.
Monday is International Peace Day. It is a day for everyone around the world to reflect on how we can contribute to make our world a more peaceful place. It’s a moment to pause… to reflect on the impact we have on the world… and to raise our expectations of what is possible.
I think this is a strong message that we should all reflect on as AMERICANS, from where we were 14 years ago today, to where we are now.
The average life expectancy has grown by 30 years in some areas of the world. All sorts of factors contribute to long lives; but more and more, we are learning that volunteering contributes to a healthy and independent lifestyle no matter what our age, but especially for older adults.
Not all donations have to be monetary. Next time you get in the cleaning mood, box up your used items and drop them off at a local thrift store. Most resale shops are run by unpaid volunteers and the profits go to a charitable organization. Your unwanted items might help fund dinner at a soup kitchen, tutoring for school children, or college classes for a single parent.
When Zachary Bonner was 7 years old he became an advocate for homeless youth, and created the Little Red Wagon Foundation. And when he was 17, he broke the world record for “The Most Food Collected in a 24 Hour Period – One Location.”