The Thanksgiving holiday is a time that encourages reflection and appreciation–particularly appreciation for the people who have touched our lives in some fashion. Whether it be a teacher, a mentor, a parent or friend, we’ve all got someone who was there for us in a time of need.
To kickoff the holiday giving season, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation has launched the “Be That Woman” campaign to encourage women to be role models and help less fortunate women, especially single mothers, become economically stable. The campaign centers around this animated public service announcement showing how community support enabled one mother to become self-sufficient and how she, in turn, helped another struggling woman. I think you can see the direction of the message.
While the message is targeted toward women, the themes are universal. Reaching out, lending a hand, and simply living by example are powerful ways to enact positive change on both a local and a global scale.
It goes well beyond the cliche to say things are tough right now, but they are, particularly for single mothers. Maybe even for you. When you think you can’t help because you don’t have the money to give or the time to dedicate, think again. Even the smallest of gestures can and will make a difference, not just in the life of one woman, but potentially in the lives of many women.
So this Thanksgiving season lets not forget the power of reaching out.
photo courtesy of thorninside via Flickr