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Thanksgiving is a holiday that occurs in some, but not all, countries. It originates from a time when travellers from Europe sailed across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean to find and build a new way of life for themselves and future generations.

Today, Thanksgiving occurs and is celebrated on one date in Canada and on a later date in the U.S. No matter the date or place, the nature of this recognition is as
appropriate today as it was hundreds of years ago by those pilgrims. To give
thanks for the many bounties that are provided to us on a daily basis is certainly appropriate and should never be understated. Certainly for Canadians and Americans alike, we have been blessed as much or more than most other countries of the world. To take at least one day out of the year to formally give thanks for all that we have is the least we can do.

Of course, we could go a step or two more by not just giving thanks but by also showing thanks through being charitable to those less fortunate. Whether it is buying a
meal for somone on the streets, visiting an elderly person in a nursing home who has no family visiting them or volunteering to walk some dogs at the local shelter we can all certainly take an extra step to show how much we appreciate what we have.

Take a look around you and see who or what needs your help and give it freely. You will both be surprised by how much better it makes you feel and by the reaction you
get from the party that receives your charity. There are many who do such activities on a regular basis through their businesses, charities or personal activities or donations. Despite all of this, there is still a great need for more of us to do more to help. If you are not sure how you can help, go ask someone at your local church, community centre, nursing homes, women’s or animal shelters, or just simply walk down your city streets and approach one of the many young and old people who struggle to keep going for another day.

I give thanks every day for everything in my life from my family and friends to the food, water, clothes and shelter that is provided to me. I am grateful to have all of my senses so that I can enjoy all the incredible sights, sounds, smells, tastes and objects around me. I also give thanks to the men and women in law enforcement, fire and ambulance services who are preparedto help me or anyone who may need assistance.

But most of all, I give thanks for just being able to have what is the most precious gift of all, LIFE.

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