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Give thanks, start giving

It’s hard to believe another holiday season is upon us. In less than a week, most of us will be gathered around a table with our loved ones for the Thanksgiving meal.
This is a time for us to reflect on what we are thankful for — a time to stop and take time to appreciate what we have. There are many things to be thankful for, such as good health, food on the table, a place to call home and a loving network of friends and family.

If you are fortunate enough to have all of these things, they can often be taken for granted. This is definitely something I am guilty of. When I am having a bad day and I start feeling sorry for myself, I try really hard to remember that I actually have it pretty good in life. Sometimes that is easier said than done.

But there are many people out there who don’t have good health or a home. Some people don’t even have enough to eat or family to fall back on. These are the people who don’t have the luxury to feel sorry for themselves.

Thanksgiving should be the one day a year you don’t take anything for granted. Count your blessings. Give every member of your family a hug. Savor every bite of that delicious Thanksgiving food, and leave room for a dessert or two. Be genuinely thankful for everything you have.

Thanksgiving is a time to remember those who might not have everything that most people take for granted. But you can help. Many nonprofits that serve those less fortunate are falling short in their fundraising. Lucky for them, many people get in the giving spirit this time of year.

The Greater Ennis United Way will continue to raise funds through December, and they still need to raise more than $100,000 to meet their goal. The United Way partners with agencies that work to meet the basic necessities of those in need, so they can break free of the cycle of poverty and make a better life for themselves and their children.

Feed the Children is working in Ennis to bring meals to the hungry of our community during the holiday season, but they also need funds to make it happen.

Healthcare has been a hot topic locally and nationwide. Many people in our community have inadequate health coverage or no insurance at all, and one Ellis County clinic is doing what it can to provide low-cost healthcare to these individuals and families. The Hope Clinic was founded in 2000, and has grown tremendously since then.

Although the clinic receives some federal funding, it couldn’t operate without private donations. It is located in Waxahachie, but since patients come from all over the county, the staff and board would love to be able to expand. I attended a fundraiser for the Hope Clinic Tuesday evening, and was amazed at the event’s attendance.

I’ve known about the Hope Clinic for a while, but never knew how many people they served and lives they touched.

It is important to remember all of these worthy organizations and the people they serve as we reflect on what we have in life. Give thanks for your family and friends, and anything else you are lucky enough to have in life. Remember that others may not be as lucky or have the same opportunities as we do, but we can make the most of what we have by using our privileges to benefit others.

We are all blessed in many ways, but sometimes, it is up to us to be a blessing for someone else.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer with the Ennis Daily News and covers education and Ellis County government. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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