Thanksgiving is almost here and whether you’re looking forward to spending time with friends and family or dreading the event entirely we all have something to be thankful for. The lessons I learned in Iraq are true still today, “things can always get worse”, that’s why one should always be thankful and not just on one day of the year. I have found that if I can think of five things I am thankful for each morning then the rest of the day becomes easy.

One of the easiest things we can do is help another person out. Someone in need these days does not always fit the Dickensian model of being impoverished. In this economy a family may drive a nice looking car but it may be on the verge of being repossessed. Some people may appear to be living in a nice house but they may in fact be homeless and living with friends or family. Because the face of poverty is not easily discernible, the team at Creekside Mortgage did something different this year by finding individuals and families in need and delivering the means for them to have a thanksgiving meal. Real food was delivered and not the kind only found in a can. Our friends in need still value there independence and have only hit a bit of sour luck. Like all of us in our time, they just needed a helping hand.

 We would like to issue a challenge this Thanksgiving asking you to reach out and help another in need. Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you, reach out to that family member who you argued with and have not spoken to in weeks, or offer to clean up the kitchen for the one who cooked that delicious meal. We all have times where we wish we could help but find excuses not too. Start small, you don’t need a fortune to donate, you have your time, energy and self that is worth more than a monetary donation.