Prince Amukamara of the Chicago Bears

THANKSGIVING:  A FESTIVE TIME AT CCO

We at CCO had another great Thanksgiving  with our clients this year.  And this is because so many volunteers and organizations come together and offer their services and gifts.

This year we were particularly blessed by Prince Amukamara,  cornerback for the Chicago Bears, and his Othersfoundation.

He was so happy to donate 80 turkeys to our Cornerstone Food Pantry, so our low-income families could have a nice Thanksgiving.  Prince, himself, was not able to participate because he had to practice for the Bears game with the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day.   (By the way, they won 24-20.)

But his wife, Pilar, was happy to come and help pass out the turkeys.  And Lisa Hahner, the executive director for the Othersfoundation,  was also happy to attend.

Prince Amukamara’s wife Pilar is handing out turkeys with our CFO Andrew Winter and fellow volunteers

I got a chance to chat with Lisa for a few moments, and she was generous with her down-to-earth insights on the philosophy of their foundation, and the whole motivation  behind the idea of “giving back” by  professional athletes.

Lisa said that so much good can be accomplished by simply writing a check.  She said that working with Prince and his wife Pilar has been such a joy because they are so eager to help out the less fortunate… especially during the holidays.  She said  Prince put it this way: “Hey, whether you’re rich or poor we’re all the same, we just want to have a nice meal with our families.  And if I can help out a few folks to make that meal a reality, then I’m in.”

The mission statement for the Othersfoundation is “Whatever gift you have, use it for others.”

And on Thanksgiving day , we were blessed with so many volunteers from a South-side Church and Fight to Feed, an organization fighting hunger in Chicago.

And I was blessed to have my son, Christopher, and his son, Aaron, come to help out serve our guests.  The two of them made a great team, serving with joy.

My son, Chris Ramsey Jr. and grandson, Aaron helping to serve our CCO clients a nice Thanksgiving meal

And so for those that have eyes to see, and ears to hear, we at CCO, staff, volunteers, and everyone got to experience a little more of what Jesus meant when he said, “It’s more blessed to give than receive.”

And that’s what Prince, Pilar, and Lisa mean when they say, “Life should be about others.”

Thanks for stopping by.  Chris.