Giving Thanks

Dear PCLDC Members:

As I reflect on what we our group has accomplished this year as a club, I remember our founder, Lou Loera.  He aspired to bring us together to accomplish objectives that would help our community, he aspired to see immigration reform, he put our club on the map, and we are the very individuals striving to make our community better, especially for Latinos.  Putting aside all other changes,  losses or misses, I aspire to accept the new challenges ahead, and we always have the chance to do it better!  So, with thanks, and reflection I have listed things I am most grateful for and would love to hear your list of things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving:

  1. Yes, Obamacare is one thing I am grateful is here for many, and even with flaws at least we won’t be running through the streets with leprosy on turkey day.  In this country, we are free in America from the hideous historical diseases that still plague a large amount of the world. Be grateful this season you will not need to worry about Polio, Hepatitis, or Leprosy even if your emergency room visit put that new HDTV out of reach.
  2. The setbacks that have formed me actually made me stronger.   Our buttons and ribbons were not in vain!  Immigration Reform is coming…I am thankful for each and every human being that is helped by the President Obama’s actions this month.
  3. I’m thankful to be living in the U.S. I’m very thankful for the men and women — and their families — serving in our military
  4. The kindness of people I have never met before especially when door knocking or socializing in a crowd of people I don’t know.
  5. My health, my friends, my family and my community.
  6. Access to the internet where I can enrich my mind with plenty of thought, information, and humor.
  7. A hope that our season will not pass without food for every family.  Even if we have very little time we do have good charities and systems in place to help people. Please donate to your local food bank, church or other charity.  It’s easy to be a part of the giving … so give.
  8. Maybe the simplest and certainly one of the most effective ways to turn Thanksgiving around into something more positive and better, is in the desire to turn your experience and your focus to gratitude.

I am grateful to all of you for your help with this club throughout this season.

Remember – Give Thanks!

Angela Galvan Torrens, Chair


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