Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks. Being Thankful. Giving.
Those are some pretty powerful words and phrases if you really sit and think about them. Even during times of struggle, this time of year people often pause and think about what they are thankful for.
Over the past few years, I have really tried to do this more often than just during the Thanksgiving holiday because I have so much to be thankful for. This year is no different.
I am thankful to have a supportive and amazing husband that puts up with me. I am thankful for 2 very unique and special sons. I am thankful to have the support of my family. I am thankful for the friendships I have, new and old. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for the nurses and doctors that have done so well with keeping my oldest son, Quintin, healthy and happy this year. I am thankful for the new journey this job is taking me on; exposing me to a world I always took for granted. I am thankful for the men and women that serve or have served for our country, so I could have the luxuries I enjoy every day.
See. There is so much to be thankful for, and that’s just scratching the surface of it.
Like me, there are many people at A.E.R.O. that have so much to be thankful for. Here are a few of those:
“I am thankful for working with such an awesome crew of people here in Bath!” (Bill)
“Since I’ve had a child, I’ve realized that I’m especially thankful for my health, happiness and that of my family, a roof over our heads, and food on the table. It sounds so cliché, but my life really is good.” (Molly)
“I am most grateful for the freedom this country affords me to ever so easily pursue the experiences that make me happy!” (Gren)
“I am thankful for the many blessings that God has given me: my husband, my son, my amazing friendships, my family, and the fact that we are all able to come together and celebrate the holidays together.” (Nina)
“I am thankful for my wonderful husband, my kids, and especially my grandkids! I am also very thankful for my health!” (Debbie)
“I am thankful for the love, health, and happiness of my family.” (Joseph)
“I’m thankful that I’m still alive.” (Gino)
Without a doubt, we are all thankful for so much.
With that being said, I would like to explain something that is very near and dear to my heart. My oldest son, Quintin, has a plethora of medical issues that he has been battling since he was about three months old (he’s almost five years old now), and he has spent more than half of his life in a hospital. A lot of the time we spent there was during the holidays. As a matter of fact, he was born just six days before Christmas, so our first Christmas as a family of three was in the NICU at Cardinal Glennon. During this time and a lot of the other times as well, it always amazed my family and myself how giving, comforting, and amazing the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and many others were to make our days, nights, and holidays enjoyable especially considering the circumstances.
Because of this, we always try to give back to the places that were so giving to us. So, we started a toy drive and named it “Q’s Crew”. Many kids have to spend Christmas in the hospital, sometimes with their families unable to be with them, and these facilities do everything in their power to make their Christmas special, even if they have to be lying in a hospital bed.
This year is Q’s Crew’s 4th annual toy drive, and so far, it’s bigger than it has ever been! We would love to see that grow more and more each year! All toys will be donated to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Rehabilitation Hospital in Maryland Heights, MO. These two places have worked miracles on Quintin as well as many other children. Any and all donations are beyond appreciated and will most definitely bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season.
If you have any questions regarding the toy drive, feel free to comment with them, contact me, or visit the Q’s Crew Facebook page.
We, at A.E.R.O., would like to wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings! Enjoy the time with your family and friends, stay warm, and think of all that you are thankful for!