Cindy Gregg, PID

GAT Coordinator, Area 1-D

(PA, VA, and WV)

Multiple District NAMI Champion


Dear Fellow Lions and Leos,

What a wonderful month! As American citizens, we have the privilege to elect our president and other leaders on November 3. Not all countries have this freedom. Likewise, on November 11, we will recognize our veterans who fought to provide the rights that many of us take for granted. Then, on November 26, we will celebrate the wonderful blessings that we have received.

Yes, this has been a difficult year. However, we need to consider our blessings. Instead, several people are bemoaning the inability to celebrate “as normal.” Helen Keller stated:

The panorama of color and action which fills the world is taken for granted. It is human, perhaps, to appreciate little, that which have, and to long for that, which we have not, but it is a great pity that in the world of light, the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life.”

Consequently, this is a time to remember those who are alone. Appreciate your eyesight, even if it’s poor. Most of us have a safe, warm home with a comfortable bed and food to nourish our bodies. Unfortunately, many individuals are homeless and need to rummage through trash to get enough food. Appreciate your health, even if it’s not as good as you would prefer because many families are without loved ones or are struggling with family members whose health is rapidly declining. Use this month to show gratitude, make new memories, and serve those who need our help.

Likewise, as we approach the holiday season, I would like to share a project that was posted on Facebook. While it is being promoted for December, I believe that it can be done at any time of the year. In fact, you may want to organize this project in January, when the Food Banks and Pantries are struggling.  Click here for the Reverse Advent Calendar guide - Each day, add an item to a box.  On Christmas Eve donate the contents to a food bank.

Of course, you may substitute any of the items.

As always, thank you for all that you do as “We Unite in Kindness and Diversity.” Thanks, especially, to our veterans, and may you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Yours in Service and Friendship,

Cindy Gregg, PID

Global Action Team Coordinator Area 1-D (PA, VA, and WV)

and NAMI Champion

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