Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday partly because there's no stress around buying gifts. Let's hear it for a no-clutter holiday! Secondly, I love Thanksgiving because I am all-in about the concept of gratitude! Finally, if you know me at all, you know I'm very, ummmm... shall we say "food-focused?" LOL... I love food and I love gathering with friends and family. What holiday combines all my favorite things better than Thanksgiving?
If you're reading this from anywhere in the United States, you and I both owe a debt of gratitude to every American military man or woman who ever served this great nation. Sometimes it's hard to fathom, but freedom isn't something all human beings enjoy, and it can be easy to take it for granted.
This day and every day... this month month and every month, let's give thanks for those who serve in our armed forces at home and abroad, and let's be grateful for the abundance and opportunity we enjoy here at home as a result of their efforts.
Another reason to love Thanksgiving is because here in Atlanta, The Bert Show runs a super cool campaign called The Big Thank You, beginning in late September every year. The goal of the initiative is simple: Get a hand-written thank you letter from a grateful American citizen into the hands of every single United States military person stationed outside the United States.
Two adorable letters from children to a soldier.
In November 2013, I volunteered to help sort, read, bundle and pack the hundreds of thousands of letters we received. I loved the project so much that I got together with several other volunteers to create The Big Thank You Committee, which coordinates, instructs and assists the hundreds of community volunteers who show up to help process the letters.
This year, The Bert Show's Big Thank You 2014 initiative collected 175,000 hand-written letters from 49 states, plus Puerto Rico, Canada and Spain. Elementary schools, colleges, universities, corporations big and small and individual citizens all wrote letters. It was my honor to be part of the volunteer effort again and I plan to continue doing it.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, as I spend the day with people I love and sit down to a wonderful meal and give thanks for the abundance in my life, I'd also like to extend my own personal and heartfelt THANK YOU to any United States veteran and anyone who has ever served in The United States Armed Forces. Whether you served during peacetime or wartime, whether you're stationed in the United States or abroad, I appreciate you and am grateful for your service.
Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!