Jack Evans Report: Be Thankful Every Day
I always enjoy the holiday season. Last week, I attended a number of Thanksgiving gatherings both in the Wilson Building and around the city. I think this is a good time to focus on gratitude for what we have and to engage in service to those in need. For example, one event I really enjoy is the Feast of Sharing at the Convention Center. This event is a great way to help someone in need during the holidays. I joined fellow community members and the Salvation Army in preparing and serving a festive Thanksgiving meal to over 4,000 D.C. residents. There are typically two separate prep shifts that volunteers can sign up for, morning and afternoon, so you may want to consider adding this event to your calendar in future years. Volunteers help our local chefs prepare the meal and assist in setting up the event venue.
My office participated in the Council’s nonperishable food drive and we were excited to collect the most canned goods of any office in the building. (Well, technically speaking, Phil Mendelson’s office is claiming victory. But since his staff includes the Committee of the Whole and has about 30 people versus my eight, I think we can claim our share.) On a more serious note, it is always a satisfying feeling to give to families in need. This is another thing I always look forward to doing every year.
Let me end on this note: While Thanksgiving is but one day of the year, I have to say I am truly thankful every day. Thankful for my family and friends. Thankful for my colleagues and staff. Thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference every day in what I do.
So, don’t let the holiday season go by without a little reflection—and hopefully a nice meal with family and friends, too!