Principle #5 – See your loved ones bigger than they see themselves


We are home from our trip to Africa. We saw so many incredible animals and birds, and the country was absolutely beautiful. Our flights home was unremarkable, exactly how I like my international trips. It’s fun to travel, but there’s something about going home. And I’m talking about our condo. We haven’t been in our condo for two years because we were traveling around the United States in Athena. It was a fantastic homecoming. I’m grateful!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday; Dana and I are flying to North Carolina on Monday to spend the holiday with our family. I’m thankful I can spend time with my family when so many people cannot.

We live in a divided country, yet we have much to be thankful for. The American voters chose democracy over autocracy. We can always choose hope to unite for a better future in the United States. After all, it is easy to see the results of tyranny – Putin’s war.

Our Ukrainian friends have been affected by Putin’s autocracy. Women and children have left their husbands, brothers, and sons, not to mention their homes, because of war. So hold your loved ones close and be thankful for living in a democratic country.

If you can help support our Ukrainian heroes, the information is at the bottom of the email. Please share their story with your loved ones. Thank you for your love and support and for being part of my trusted circle of love. I’m so thankful for you all! Be positive and stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving!

Much love,
Cindy and Dana



These contributions are tax-deductible through HCC, our registered 501(c)(3) pass-through charity.


Make your check payable to **Hispanic Community Council** (VERY IMPORTANT: not to Ukraine Relief Initiative). After you write your check to the Hispanic Community Council, please mail your check to:

Ukrainian Relief Initiative
c/o Gladys Archer
115 Main Ave
Warren, PA 16365

Please indicate “Ukrainian Relief Initiative” in the check memo and include a note with your contact info (address, phone, email). * See the footnote at the bottom for details on the Hispanic Community Council.


Use this link: PayPal goes through Gladys Archer, serving as a liaison between the “Ukraine Relief Initiative” and the “Hispanic Community Council,” our 501(c)3 pass-through organization.

In the memo, please include your name, address, phone #, and email so we can process your tax receipt.


Venmo directly to my personal account now, and I’ll ensure your funds get where they need to be. Make sure to indicate “Ukraine Relief Initiative” in the transfer. Please give me your contact info (phone, email, address). You can Venmo directly to me:

Click this link,


* In light of the emergency needs in Poland/Ukraine and the excessively long lead time of months or even years to establish a new charity in the US, the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County (HCC), a local 501(c)(3) charity in the Warren-Jamestown area, has generously stepped forward, slashed the red tape, and agreed to act as the passthrough charity to process payments and issue tax receipts for our Ukraine Relief Initiative, consistent with their broad charitable mandate relating to international community engagement.  HCC is not charging our initiative one single penny to act as our passthrough charity. 100% of your contributions sent to HCC and earmarked for the Ukrainian Relief Initiative will go directly towards our mission of relieving the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

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