As President Abraham Lincoln wrote in his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation:
"The year that is drawing toward its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God...I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
As Americans, today we celebrate a holiday that is uniquely ours as a nation. This is a day we stop and reflect upon the goodness of our lives. We acknowledge the freedom in which we live, the bounty of our riches, the love of family and the support of friends.
Americans are known worldwide as generous and compassionate people. With an action as simple as the click of a computer mouse, you can help someone less fortunate. Here are some examples:
www.thehungersite.com - One click a day on the big yellow button provides a donation of food to the hungry in our country. This site partners with Mercy Corps, Millennium Promise and Feeding America. The organization is also on Facebook.
www.demandstudios.com - One click a day at this site brings donations of books to young children in low income neighborhoods. A partner with First Books, the goal this holiday season is 20,000 books through the "Write for a Cause" initiative.
www.TheAnimalRescueSite.com - One click from a visit to this site provides donations of food for animals in need. This organization also partners with PetFinder.com
www.TheBreastCancerSite.com - One click each day at this site funds free mammograms.
These are just a few examples of good works being done in the name of generous Americans each day. These sites were noted by me, as they share common interests and work in my life. Whether it is advocacy of literacy programs, supporting the hungry and those in need of medical services, or a wish that all of our furry friends find a loving home there is a way to do my part each day. It is easy, fast and absolutely free. Why not?
My wish today is that of warm Thanksgiving thoughts to all of you. I trust you will hold in your thoughts those less fortunate and click.