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The Gratitude Campaign

Have you ever wanted to say "thank you," but didn’t? Next time, say it…to a soldier, a hard working delivery worker you see on the street especially during the Christmas season, the garbage crew..anyone who serves…


The story of how it got started by the creator of the Gratitude Campaign:

For the past
several years as I’ve been traveling around the country, I’ve been
approaching soldiers in the airports and thanking them for serving for
us. On several occasions I have noticed that it felt a little awkward
for both of us. There are several reasons, some of which I am even just
now learning as I produce this film and talk to more soldiers. But they
have always appreciated being thanked, and I have always felt better
having expressed my gratitude.

started to think that it would be nice if civilians had a gesture or
sign that they could use to say "thank you" quickly and easily without
even having to approach. I did some research and found the sign that we
are now using.

this limited to the military? Not at all. If you look around you I’m
sure that you’ll find lots of people who are serving their communities,
from local to global. If you appreciate their service, give them a
sign. Say "thank you."

How to sign "thank you":

The sign we are using is intended to communicate
"thank you from the bottom of my heart. "

To make the sign simply place your hand on your heart
as though you’re saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then
pull your hand down and out, bending at the elbow
(not the wrist), stopping for a moment at about the belly button with
your hand flat, palm up, angled toward the person you’re thanking.

It takes so little but can mean SO much…



Snowplow Driver Pulls Woman From Burning Car

By Vanessa Bauza

Tribune staff reporter

December 16,

Snowplow driver Demetrius Duplessis was determined to pull Khushboo Jani
from her burning car — even if she didn’t quite realize she needed rescuing.

Duplessis was driving east on the Eisenhower Expressway at 8 a.m. Saturday when
he spotted a black Honda on the left shoulder with flames and smoke billowing
from the engine. He pulled over, used his snowplow to block swift-moving
traffic and jumped out of his vehicle.

But as Duplessis approached the car, Jani,
22, who was talking to her father on her cell phone, tried to lock the doors.

"I was going to call 911. I saw him and got really scared," said Jani
of Schaumburg. "He’s like, ‘Get out of the car.’ I’m like, ‘No.’ I just
thought the engine broke down."

Duplessis knew better.

"I grabbed the door and opened it real quick and snatched her out of the
car," he said. "She still didn’t realize the car was on fire."

A driver with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Emergency Traffic
Patrol quickly doused the flames with a hand-held extinguisher. Jani’s car was
towed but she still needed to get to
University to take a
final exam in physics.

"Her biggest concern [was] getting there in time to take the test,"
Illinois State Police Trooper Greg Jones said. "One of the troopers took
her to the college."

Duplessis, 44, of
has worked as an IDOT snowplow driver for five years. He does not consider
himself a hero. However, he said he hopes if his own college-age daughter ever
finds herself in a similar predicament that a good Samaritan will be there to

Jani, who made it to her exam, was relieved Duplessis came along when he did.
"I’m really glad that he did what he did. I’m really grateful for




Our Crayons

ur C rayon s

While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I over
heard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.

"I don’t like
red!" said Yellow.

And Green said, "Nor do I !
And no one here likes Orange,

But no one knows
quite why."

are a box of crayons
that really doesn’t get along,"

Said Blue to all the others.
"Something here is wrong!

Well, i bought that box of
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the
crayons could all see

watched me as I colored

With Red and
Blue and Green

And Black and White and Orange
And every
color in between

watched as
Green became the

And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow
sun was shining bright

On White clouds drifting

Colors changing as they
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
watched till I was through.

And when I’d
finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon
Had something more to say……..

"I do like
Red !" said the Yellow

And Green said, "So do
I !"

And Blue you are terrific!
So high up in the sky."

"We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us
But when we get together
The picture is

A Soldier Comes Home

One of our Iraq soldiers surprises his daughters
and their classmates (who’d adopted him and his platoon)
at school on the day he arrives home…

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