Thanksgiving Heroes

This Thanksgiving, as we embrace the calm after the storm of the presidential election, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the things we are thankful for; aside from the standard of the individual “inner circle” of blessings, it’s time to reflect on the other people and things we are thankful for. Especially now.
Our country is in a state of division; although there was a time, many years ago that we were completely united, we clung to one another and cheered each other on. That wasn’t that long ago. We embraced the first responders, we embraced the Good Samaritan civilian, and most importantly, we embraced each other as fellow citizens: brothers and sisters under a flag of red, white and blue.
It took the tragedy of September 11, 2001 to bind us together.
And, now an election threatens to tear us all apart.
So, today I ask you to place all worries of the future aside, and remember the day when we all held each other a little tighter. And, embrace the humanity in our country.
This Thanksgiving; as we all sit down to feast on roast Turkey (or tofu!), sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows, fluffy and butter mashed potatoes and gravy along with savory greens and decadent pies and desserts… as we drift off to nap while a sporting event roars in the background… as we enjoy the day… take a moment to remember: there are people out there who are working, people out there who are responding, people out there who are protecting.
Imagine the paramedics; ready and waiting to take all steps to save a life. Waiting for the call, completely equipped and prepared to ensure survival of the accident victim. They are not home with their families. They are there for strangers in need.
The police officer, protecting from danger, assisting and serving the community. All Cops aren’t bad guys, however; unfortunately, the media highlights the bad behavior and actions of some; and suddenly, all officers are bad. This is an undeserving bias placed on people that dedicate their life and safety to keep us safe. If we were to be at the mercy of a criminal or terrorist, you would want a cop or two there on your side. And, they are: they are on your side.
And, nurses… including the nurse assistants. You know the ones, they are the first ones to reassure you, they are the first ones the get you comfortable. They are the first in line of care; the first to march into the battle for our care, they are our care takers, our advocates and our nurturers. The nurse assistants, who hear our cries, and make sure we are comfortable, who keep our elderly clean and cared for, who tend to our babies fresh from the womb.
The doctors, who take up their time to heal and mend, the doctors who studied countless hours, crammed for exams with sleepless nights, worked in internships and residency with little or no pay. All to get to help, heal and give hope to their patients, with hefty college bills in tow.
All of these people forgo the holidays in order to serve us civilians.
This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to thank these people.

Do you have a Thanksgiving Hero?
This holiday season, La Brea Bakery, the nation’s top Artisan bread brand, is giving people the chance to say “Thank You” to their loved ones who have to work on Thanksgiving with a surprise gift – a Thanksgiving meal brought directly to their place of work. Through the Thanksgiving Heroes page, the company will be accepting nominations for the Thanksgiving Hero in people’s lives. On Thanksgiving Day, ten winners, selected from across the country, will be surprised and delighted with a Thanksgiving feast, courtesy of their family, friends and all of America who nominated.

To nominate your own Thanksgiving Hero, just visit the contest page between November 1st and 20th.  Enter using five words that describe your hero. If your hero is selected, you win a $500 gift card and all those who nominated, receives a free loaf of bread.

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