In this season of Thanksgiving, we Americans have a great deal to be thankful for. God’s blessings and gifts are all around us, even when we may not notice them.
Our nation is founded on the rule of law, with checks and balances that guarantee our God-given freedoms are protected. Our peaceful elections and lawful transfer of power remain the envy of the world.
We should also be thankful that we are among the most generous people on earth. Just a quick look around the 75th Assembly District provides multiple examples of our giving, supportive nature. Solutions for Change, which seeks to provide families in need with a permanent solution for homelessness, is one outstanding example. The Elizabeth Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider for children and adults in San Diego County, has served the needs of thousands of San Diego County families for almost 40 years. Groups serving our veterans include the Veterans Association of North County, which provides job placement services, education, training and counseling for all North County veterans, and Homes for Our Troops, which builds mortgage-free, specially designed homes for our nation’s most severely injured veterans. And there are so many other organizations helping people every day here in North County.
When we give thanks to our Creator for the many blessings bestowed upon us as free human beings, we should also remember the many outstanding individuals, businesses and charitable institutions that reach out to those in need throughout this region. It’s an honor to serve such outstanding people in the California Legislature.