Here in the United States today we celebrate our annual blessings and give thanks. The Canadians got the jump on us a month ago. And we’re celebrating not a moment too soon.

With jobs shrinking, money and savings drying up, and with global economic horrors rising, it’s frankly a relief to have a moment to put all the worries in perspective and reflect on what we truly have. We have jobs, more than enough to eat, roofs over our heads. And while the doomsday headlines are troubling and shouldn’t be ignored, here at The Agitator we haven’t heard of any fundraisers who’ve had to change the route they drive to work or the life to which they’ve become accustomed.

Equally as commendable is that we haven’t come across a single fundraiser who’s ignoring the signs around her or him. That’s terrific, because many of us work in jobs where we can directly help the many who are suffering painfully from this economic turndown … and the millions more who are likely to be even more affected. Here in the States alone the number of people living below the federal poverty level will jump by millions — some estimates say 10 million or more. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based group, estimates that rising unemployment rates could see the number of poor in America reach 50 million. And just think how those numbers geometrically increase around the globe.

The good news is that, when it comes to helping each other, the human soul shines in times like these. Many agencies that help the neediest are reporting that giving is on an uptick. May that continue and increase. We fundraisers are blessed in times like these. Regardless of our day jobs we possess the skills and understanding to offer our help on a voluntary basis where in our communities it is most needed.

So today, while we put the ‘thanks’ in ‘Thanksgiving’, it’s also important to put the ‘giving’ there too. Each of us needs to do our part to help those who are suffering.

Counting our blessings,

Roger and Tom

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