In the spirit of promoting good health and Thanksgiving cheer, every year I proudly sponsor the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield’s Turkey Trot 5K, and this year was no exception. Despite the weather, I joined the record crowd of runners and onlookers. It never ceases to amaze me how much community spirit our little town manages to muster and how fortunate we are to have organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club in our community. Every year this wonderful organization provides after school care, and community focused leadership and philanthropic groups to keep our youth engaged in supporting themselves and the community.
The words of the Boys and Girl’s Club Mission Statement sum it up:
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
I’m also reminded of a quote I came across recently:
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion and our unique talents. Someone will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have potential to turn a life around. It is overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”
– Leo Buscaglia
So to everyone who came out to support loved ones, the Boys and Girl’s Club and our community, I say thank you and I hope you are having a very Happy Thanksgiving.