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Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving in America

This week many of us will gather with family, neighbors, and friends to express thanks for our many blessings. Yet this is not the happiest or healthiest of times for our country. Too many of our citizens remain without healthcare, especially those in under-served communities. Unemployment is skyrocketing while our economy plummets. Some people in this nation, including many seniors and families with children, are facing food insecurity because they simply can't afford to buy groceries. The war continues on two fronts separating families and putting our troops in harm's way. In many states, natural disasters and wildfires have destroyed property and disrupted thousands of lives.

The NNNO Board of Directors asks you to consider making a donation to your community's food bank. The need for food is acute across the nation; the demand is rapidly outpacing the supply and many food cupboards are bare. Food pantries are in need of non-perishable food items of every type, including canned goods, cereal, coffee and juice, as well as toiletry items like toothpaste and brushes, bandages and medication.

If you are thinking about sending one of our nation's troops a care package for the holidays, please visit Any Soldier's website for lots of helpful information, including where to send your package, how to send it, and what to put in it.

When you are writing your Christmas cards this year, please join us and write one card to send to our troops. Here is a link that provides information from the American Red Cross on the best way to mail your cards. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would receive.

We are personally very grateful and truly overwhelmed by your continued emails and offers of support as we work together to establish an Office of the National Nurse for prevention.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, November 24, 2008  

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