Volunteering has its privileges. Many of you who follow my writings already know our ties to the Transformation Life Center (TLC), a non-profit organization that is transforming men to transform the world (and saving lives in the process).
My family has threads that are braided for life with TLC. My husband and several of the men from TLC went to Alabama to work on a home and God ended up working miracles in so many lives – including ours.
Since that time I have been volunteering at the TLC Thrift Store in Walden, NY.
The purpose of the Thrift Store is not only to fund another program at TLC but to help provide for the needs of the community at reasonable pricing. The community’s needs are first and foremost in the hearts, minds and prayers of the people who work and volunteer there.
Visit them on the web: Transformation Life Center
This brings me to the “giving thanks” part of the article. TLC decided to give thanks this Thanksgiving and give back to the community with a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner to be held inside the Walden Firehouse from noon to 3:00 pm. The Administrator, Lisa, called to extend an invitation to us to attend the dinner.
Did she know that we would volunteer to serve alongside the others? Probably not. Our greatest joy comes from serving others. My husband said once, “It fills me up and fills my cup.” It will be a wonderful, working holiday.
If you are in the area on Thanksgiving in the Hudson Valley of New York, stop by the Walden Firehouse and grab a turkey leg, say hello to the many who will be gathered together to give thanks this year for all the blessings in our lives.
My Thanksgiving “thanks” list includes the following:
I live in America where I can freely choose to worship (or not) – so much of the world lives in persecution.
I have family and friends who love me for who I am – many in my midst feel alone and lonely; may I always be mindful to extend an outstretched hand or a hug to them.
I can volunteer – it takes many hearts and many hands to pull off an endeavor of this magnitude.
I can make a difference – May I always strive to improve, encourage, involve and evolve situations, events, outcomes and memories. I have God-given gifts and need to use them.
I am thankful for every day, every person and every blessing. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.