I find myself taking the time to reflect on what I am most thankful for during this time of year and wanting to give back on this Giving Tuesday.
I have many things that I am constantly thankful for each and every year – a great country to live in, a caring and supportive wife/business partner, a wonderful daughter, two great dogs, great family and friends and a home in a safe and vibrant community.
I am also very fortunate to have a great team at Bower Management Services that works hard every day for our client partners. My little company would not exist without the team we have. Thank you to Andrea Bower, Abby Murray and Jessica Orner. I am continually thankful for the great organizations we get to work with every day as we work in partnership to move their respective missions forward and create services and educational offerings for the members. I feel honored and grateful to be working in an industry that I love and that has a positive impact on society. Working with my lovely and brilliant wife each day is such a great experience and she continues to amaze me each day.
I continue to be thankful for is the physical ability and health to run. I started running in June 2017 and have completed multiple races including a marathon this month. I have already signed up for one marathon next year and want to try a triathlon. Please take time to appreciate the health you have and the physical abilities you have. There are many going through health struggles that would love to be able to do even half of what you can do so use what you have!!!
At this time of year I always make a monetary donation to a food bank. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is typically a very difficult time for food banks since there is so much need during the two months and there is very little time to refill the inventory.
Hunger is everywhere! 41 million people face hunger in the U.S. today — including nearly 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own. You could have a family member, neighbor or friend that is impacted by hunger and you might not even know it. It is estimated that in 2016 over 13 million children lived in food in-secure households. In a time of abundance I believe that those that have the capability to help those in need have a responsibility to do so. Many people will not tell you they are having hunger problems due to the stigma attached to the issue but they will go to their local food bank and get what they need for their family. As a society we can do better.
During this time of year where we are all taking time to be thankful for what we have please consider sharing some of your good fortune by supporting a charity or cause that you believe in and are passionate about.
My donation went to Feeding America ( http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/ ). For every $1 in donations Feeding America can provide 22 meals. That is almost a week’s worth of meals for only $1. There is an option to donate on a recurring monthly basis and I do that as well and I do not even miss the $19 but boy am I sure that it makes a difference to the people that need it. They work with a number of Food Banks throughout the country. One food bank is as close as Pennsauken, New Jersey which is just a few miles from Collingswood. Below is a screenshot of my donation confirmation. $250.00 brought 2,500 meals to families in need. Any amount helps. Please consider donating.
I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was great and full of family, friends and many laughs!!
President, Bower Management Services
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