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On the morning after Thanksgiving, I woke up to one email that erased all of the “Black Friday” messages that were bombarding my inbox. The profound words of truth and light from Ari Nessel, the founder of The Pollination Project embodied the authentic essence of our nation’s day of Giving Thanks. Ari’s message was written to his team of compassion activists in response to a project that his organization funded. It was a remarkable story about a boy with serious behavioral challenges who became a bright light and a leader in a community service project at his school. Ari shared with us that the gifts of service to the giver and the receiver are inextricably connected and that the impact when the elements are in perfect harmony is infinite.

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