Every day is Thanksgiving here at Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County and we never miss an opportunity to share our gratitude with those who make it possible for us to build homes and bright futures for families in need.
It is my pleasure to begin almost every morning expressing thanks to the volunteers who come out to help us build. It is their time, energy and enthusiasm that enables Habitat to build simple, quality homes and to sell them at a cost that is affordable for our hard working local families. It’s so important for our volunteers to know how appreciated they are as we truly couldn’t exist without them.
I devote another portion of every day thanking contributors. I find it remarkable that so many people give so willingly and generously to help others that they will probably never meet. Since our homeowners don’t often get the chance to thank our donors themselves, it’s my pleasure to do it for them. I make it a point to hand sign every “thank you” letter that comes out of our office – because it is important for our donors to know that our thanks come from the heart.
When we present a family with the keys to a brand new house, they share their own sincere expressions of gratitude. Homeownership is a dream come true and their appreciation for all those who made it possible is heartwarming. But the truth is that we are equally grateful to them. The opportunity to partner with a hard working local family striving to improve their lives and the community we share is a gift – and the best way for them to demonstrate their gratitude is to be a success.
William Arthur Ward said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” May your holidays be filled with the satisfaction of gratitude and the warmth that comes from sharing your thanks.