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Putting Gratitude into Action

I love advice columns.  From the time I was a girl I used to read Dear Abby and Ann Landers.  One of Abby’s columns about gratitude stuck with me and every year at the Thanksgiving table we say this prayer that was published in one of her columns: 

O Heavenly Father:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless. 

We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. 

May these remembrances stir us to service.
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen. 

I like it because no matter what your faith is, you can find meaning in the message.  It’s about putting gratitude into action.

These have not been the easiest few years.  Covid and economic challenges have brought difficulties for many families. There is lots of need around our community and I know you are all being intentional about your holiday giving.  I hope you all will consider community journalism among your gifts.

You’ve all put gratitude into action by supporting Bucket List Community Café.  Thank you so much for helping us imagine what community journalism can look like.  Soon, we will be asking for your support again.  

Between 11/29 and 12/31 we are taking part in the #newsCOneeds fundraising drive.   We have received a $5000 matching grant from Colorado Media Project and every penny up to $5000 will be matched. 

Full transparency, we are journalism entrepreneurs rather than a non-profit, so you can’t deduct your contribution from taxes, but you can say that you are inspiring new ideas for what community journalism can look like.    

Bucket List Community Café builds community by sharing our stories.  We have a unique niche at the intersection of journalism and community. We are your online home for inspiration, information and interaction. A place to come to get to know your neighbors down the street or across town.

Please mark your calendar for 11/29 and contribute to us if you can.  Best wishes to your families for a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Vicky Collins 

Publisher/Bucket List Community Café    

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Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that include network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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