Tidings of Comfort and Joy
The official kickoff of our family holiday season takes place on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Dinner at my cousin’s house is the scene of a great feast marked with the anticipation of the most wonderful time of the year. For years we have drawn names for gift giving. In recent years the option has been offered to family members to give our gifts to a charity. So instead of drawing names and exchanging money, we draw names and give our money to our charity of choice. One year we selected the Leukemia Society in memory of Diane, my brother’s fiancé. Another year we gave to the Kidney Foundation, memorializing our Uncle Leland. Another year we selected the Heart Association, remembering our beloved Grampa Thompson.
But this year, when the conversation turned to the 2018 charity of choice, my Aunt Myrna recalled an incident with a girl in her neighborhood during the 1940s. One day her neighborhood friend fell to the ground with no explanation. This was the height of the polio scare and to everyone’s horror in that little Louisville neighborhood, their worst fears were realized. It was polio. The neighborhood was terrorized! Because my family had heard me speak and knew my passion, this year we will draw names and give our gifts to our charity of choice, The Rotary Foundation for District 6560 and our PolioPlus campaign.
When we gather again as a family on Christmas Eve, we will dine together, read the Christmas story, and sing all of our favorite Christmas carols. We will be reminded that children around the world might escape the horror of my aunt’s neighborhood friend back in the 1940s because of our efforts.
I challenge you to join the Thompson and Basham families of Louisville, make the The Rotary Foundation, District 6560 PolioPlus, your charity of choice during the 2018 holiday season. You, too, can bring tidings of comfort and joy.
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Rotary International District 6560 Governor, 2018-2019