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Thinking Thanks on #GivingTuesday

“Thanks” is a word we use many times a day – at least, our mothers would hope we use it many times a day. We say it so often, it has lost some of its impact, just like “interesting” or “dynamic.” Those words really don’t communicate what they used to. They’re just filler, words that express nothing other than a desire to avoid awkward silences. After the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have Giving Tuesday, and we couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.

But what does it really mean to be thankful? Here’s how Merriam Webster defines “thanks”:

– a good feeling that you have towards someone who has helped you or given something to you.

It’s the “good feeling” part that’s most important. We offer our thanks to people because they’ve done something to make us feel good. In the case of the Community Champions honored during Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Month of Thanks 2014, our honorees make us feel good because they’ve made others feel good.

We’re committed to improving the health and well-being of our customers and communities. That commitment – a promise to North Carolina – governs all that we do in the health insurance arena. It also compels us to be active community partners, supporting causes and people that help us further our mission.

Thanks Once Again to Our 2014 Community Champions

We say thanks once again to our Month of Thanks Community Champions who are devoting much of their daily lives to improving the well-being of communities and giving all of us good feelings.

Thank you, BC Bland, for the hundreds of hours you give each year to help Komen Northwest North Carolina eradicate breast cancer.

Thank you, Pat Nathan, for helping thousands of women and families step out of poverty by founding Dress for Success Triangle.

Thank you, Aniesha Bryant, for turning your own battle against lupus into an example of courage and determination through your support of the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter.

And thank you, David Reese, for dedicating your career to giving children and families reason to hope through your leadership of the East Durham Children’s Initiative.

Thanks for making us feel good by making others feel good.

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Chris Privett

About Chris Privett

Chris Privett is a communications specialist at BCBSNC, assisting the company’s leaders with speeches and presentations. Chris has a particular interest in sharing stories about BCBSNC’s role as a committed partner in North Carolina’s communities. His communications career began in 1990 in television news, later transitioning to public relations roles in nonprofits.