Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, and for many of us that means hanging out with family and friends, eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie, watching too much football and Netflix, and taking too many long naps.
But it also means being thankful. Thanksgiving is, after all, the official season of gratitude: that old-fashioned, warm, fuzzy, out-loud appreciation for all that we have and all those we share it with. It’s a time for counting our blessings, and for those of us at the UCT home office it means taking time out to show our appreciation for the biggest blessing of all: our members.
It’s been said that the world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. Judging by the way UCT members across the U.S. and Canada embrace their communities with compassion and commitment, I’d say that’s an apt description. Whether it’s raising $10,000 for The Salvation Army through manning Christmas kettles in Sydney, Nova Scotia, or collecting more than $100,000 for local charities in Brandon, Manitoba, through a UCT wishing well, our members and their local councils are looking out for their fellow citizens. Whether it’s sponsoring a camp for kids with cancer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or distributing over 25,000 books to underprivileged kids in Coldwater, Michigan, they’re dedicating their time to making life a little brighter and better for others. We’re proud to work for and with such exceptional human beings.
So, this Thanksgiving we say “thank you” to our UCT members. Thank you for being so thoughtful and helpful. Thank you for being so selfless and caring. Thank you for all your good works as volunteers. Your actions are priceless. You are the reason many people make it through each day and the reason they sleep better at night. You are the glue that holds your communities together. You are love in motion. You are our heroes.