At Carry the Future, we are thankful for everything our wonderful volunteers do to help refugees around the world. Without the efforts of our volunteers, our organization would not reach as many of those in need. This holiday season, we want to show our gratitude by sharing what our volunteers are most thankful for. Overwhelmingly, our volunteers are thankful that they are in a position to help refugees.

From defining the role that gratitude plays in our lives

“To me, gratitude is a sincere contentment and almost reverence to our undeserved blessings that then prompts us to act. I am thankful for a roof over my head and food in my belly. Because I have those things, I’m now committed to helping those with great need. Gratitude should propel us to use our blessings and places of privilege to lift up those in need.” —Lacy Stroessner

To being amazed at how Carry the Future has shaped our experiences,

“I’m grateful for my Carry The Future distribution trip experience. It changed my life. I was able to help, contribute and support refugees, both those who are living on the streets and also in camps. Beyond this, I met some of the bravest, strongest most resilient individuals, several of whom I now proudly call my friends. They inspire and demonstrate the importance of never giving up hope.” —Melissa Francis

Carry the Future volunteers have found the gift of unity,

“I am thankful for each and every volunteer/staff/board member that believes in our so very vital Carry The Future mission” —Bronislava Shmilovich

The support of our loved ones,

“I’m thankful for a supportive husband who not only provides for our family but also is happy to hold down the fort when I travel on distribution trips. We don’t have an easy fort to hold down, so I’m especially grateful that he is so willing to sacrifice so much to make it happen. Because of this I’m able to be 100% present to the families we care for while on the ground”  —Kara Ann Lindell

The strength of action,

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to have a legitimate and significant impact on the lives of refugees, all while working and raising my kids in a small town in Canada. Action is the antidote to despair and Carry the Future inspires the best kind of action.” —Sara Gillam

The persistence of heroes,

“Living in Los Angeles – I am thankful for HEROES.” —Patti Garrett Hatch

And the privilege of living in safety and comfort.  

“I am most thankful for the health and safety of my family. With all of the tragedies occurring all over the world, I am constantly reminded of how quickly that could change.” —Gwen Skar

Carry The Future provides dignity for refugees, a purpose for volunteers, and an example for the world of how everyone #candosomething. Everyday, we are reminded of how important our work is and how privileged we are to be able to do it. To #dosomething click here.

Written by Gwen Skar