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Hurricane Ike, Houston, TX 9.17.08 China Earthquake: President & CEO Gail McGovern with kids Haiti Earthquake 2010

When I woke up this morning and was thinking about blogging, I thought about Thanksgiving and how much I personally have to feel grateful for.

One of the things that struck me is that when you’re part of the Red Cross family, you’re more in tune than ever to how fortunate we are. We see people at their most vulnerable. Over the 2.5 years I’ve been here I’ve seen people who lost everything after a hurricane. I saw schoolchildren devastated after an earthquake in China. I saw people in Haiti living under tarps and tents.  I saw how grateful those people were because of the assistance the Red Cross was giving them.

It strikes me in this season how very fortunate I am personally. I am so grateful for my good health, that I’m surrounded by friends and family, and that I have the privilege to work with such passionate and caring people in the American Red Cross.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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