Staying Thankful This Thanksgiving

Mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, marshmallow with yams, and of course, the turkey. Ah yes, it’s Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday weekend, I’ve come to re-center and slow down after the rush of my first semester at college. What makes me happy? What makes all of us happy? Want to know what it is? It’s gratitude. It’s only fitting that Thanksgiving gives Americans the chance to celebrate their blessings and cherish the special moments that come from being together.

Plus, we can’t forget that National Youth Involvement Month is almost at an end. NYIM is a month for the American Red Cross to recognize and appreciate the achievements of its youth volunteers. We at the National Youth Council strive to help support you. This month and this Thanksgiving, we thank all of our youth volunteers for your dedication to the American Red Cross mission. As Youth Consortium Liaison, I work with several chapter staff that work with youth volunteers closely. I am inspired by the stories they share on our calls.

NYIM and Thanksgiving also gives us the opportunity to understand how some of us are blessed with food, water, shelter, and the opportunity to move on in the world. When hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Maria hit or strong wildfires in California rage on, millions of fellow Americans lose some or all of these basic needs. With the American Red Cross, you can have a strong impact on those in need.

Be there at your high school, asking for donations that will go to life-saving supplies.

Be there this holiday season, asking for letters and envelopes to help make our soldiers overseas feel surrounded by fellow Americans

Be there in a training, so that when the time comes you can drive the Emergency Response Vehicle and being the helping hand in people’s worst times.

Moving forward, I’ll try to take time to take a step back and appreciate all that I have.

I’m grateful for my wonderful family and friends.

I’m grateful for my amazing fellow NYC members.

I’m grateful to be volunteering for an organization like the American Red Cross.

And I’m grateful for you, the youth volunteer! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Remember to check out our activity guides on RCYO for ideas on how you can give back this holiday season!

– Ian Lee, National Youth Council, Youth Consortium Liaison

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