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Thankful for Build-A-Block

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As Thanksgiving approaches this year, there is one thing that I am and forever will be thankful for – the experience I have had with Habitat for Humanity. Meeting Blanche Clark this past Sunday at the dedication of the Henry T. Clark home, in memory of her late husband, helped remind me of the impact this organization has had on the lives of not only our future homeowners, but all those who are fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to  work with Habitat.

For those of you who have experienced the joy of a house dedication and have seen a future homeowner’s tears as they cut the ribbon the door of their new home, you are aware of this feeling. Similarly, listening to a child talk about their excitement of having their own room of being able to ride their bike makes you realize the positive impact you’ve had.

Habitat provides a sustainable model for change in our community and for the employees of our university. The chance to work alongside the person who will benefit from Habitat is a rewarding experience that exemplifies how we as students can give a hand up, not a hand out, towards a better future.

I am fortunate to attend such a fine university, but it is important to remember that many of those around us are not as fortunate as us students. We are lucky to have such diverse opportunities on our campus to serve others, whether through Habitat for Humanity or another organization. I hope everyone will reflect on the many aspects of our university that they are thankful for and think of ways they can better serve the community.

I know I am thankful for the life-altering experiences I have had, the bonds I have formed and the future generations that will be impacted by the efforts of my peers through Habitat for Humanity. 

 

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