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Giving Back – Thanksgiving Basket Brigade!

by Peter Jonnes
Published on Wednesday - November 23, 2011

Basket BrigadeBrigade at workPreparing the BasketsPreparing the baskets 2Shopping Complete The Brigade

For most, Thanksgiving is a time of the year to reflect on what you have been given, to be thankful for all that’s good in your own life. This season the FortuneBuilders team agreed there is no better way to give thanks than to give back…

What started as an idea over an impromptu team dinner, quickly turned into us initiating a San Diego Thanksgiving Basket Brigade! 

Brigade ShoppingIn seven days time, our entire team came together to contribute over $4,500.  I am so touched by everyone’s generosity, not just monetary but their time and effort as well! We bought food, supplies, and gift cards to make and deliver dozens of Thanksgiving Day baskets to needy families in our community. 

I share this with you today not to impress you, but to impress upon you that one small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform their lives.

This holiday season, nearly 49 million Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. Hard working families all across the nation are making difficult decisions between buying food and paying the rent.

We made all deliveries anonymously, no mention of FortuneBuilders or where the basket came from.  It was giving in its purest form – not about recognition, or getting credit – but about experiencing human connectedness in its simplest form, “paying it forward.”

Inside each card was this handwritten message:

Thansgiving Card

The indescribable joy each and every one of us felt as we prepared and delivered these baskets simply can’t be put into words…

The look of surprise and gratitude on families faces, knowing that someone is watching out for them and has not forgotten about them. No matter how hard times seem, in that moment there was a glimmer of hope.

We were received with tears of joy, ear-to-ear smiles, and hugs from children.  The experience was PRICELESS.

Truth be told, I am not sure which one of us was more blessed the families or us for having the amazing opportunity to make this happen.

“Everyone has the need to contribute.  If you give from your heart,
it will come back to you tenfold.”

— Anthony Robbins

True happiness is not achieved by just real estate or business success, it’s achieved by living a life filled with meaning, purpose, and the drive to grow and contribute.  To us that is living deliberately.

This Thanksgiving, I’m so grateful to be surrounded by a brilliant team, whose mission is not only to achieve success but to make this world a better place.

I’m so proud to call myself a FortuneBuilder.

On behalf of our entire Family, we wish you, your family and your community a wonderful holiday filled with love, warmth, and meaning.

Kristi Lyn Miller & the FortuneBuilders Family

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