Morris: 'Tis the season to be thankful

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Christmas spirit is about coming together as a family and community, generosity and giving thanks for our many blessings. For me, personally, I am grateful for my wonderful family, living in such a great community and being able to serve again in the Indiana House of Representatives. As we enjoy time spent with loved ones this  Christmas, I encourage you to join me in reflecting on the many blessings we have received this past year.

I am thankful for those who work around the clock to keep us safe during the holidays. Police officers, fire fighters, security guards and emergency medical personnel, these men and women spend many hours away from their families to keep our communities safe. They often even miss other special holidays and celebrations throughout the year, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the sacrifices made to help keep us safe.

Along with that, let us not forget all the brave men and women that serve in the Armed Forces. Whether they are working stateside or overseas, these heroes have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms remain protected. It is never easy to leave family behind, especially this time of the year, but they answered the call for us and deserve our gratitude. I cannot thank our veterans enough for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our state and nation. For those deployed and their families, I would wish for safe return home and comfort during the holidays.

There are many ways we can show our gratitude to those who work so hard to protect us. While saying ‘thank you’ when you see a police officer or military member might seem simple, it goes a long way. Another great opportunity to show your appreciation is by making a home-cooked meal or inviting a service member over for the holidays. There are many organizations like Toys for Tots and charities that you can get involved with as well.

Although it can be easy to get caught up in the hallmark of the holiday, Christmas is a time to reflect, give thanks and come together as a community. I would like to thank those who put on the uniform during the holidays to keep us safe, protect our community or defend our nation. I also would like to give a special thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time during the holiday season to help out at food pantries, homeless shelters and to support those in need.  The only reason we live in such a great community is because of all the amazing and generous people that make it up, and I am truly honored to serve as your representative.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Rep. Morris represents portions of Allen County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and is a member of Employment, Labor and Pensions and Roads and Transportation Committees.