On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Margot S. Freudenberg brings to my life. Margot has been awarded every possible award for service to mankind that could be awarded. Never-the-less she retains her servant’s heart. She was born in Hanover, Germany and arrived in Charleston in April, 1940. She was a board member at the Speech and Hearing Center when I was a very young CEO. She lavished me with support and encouragement. She was gracious to my family. When her term expired on the board and we wanted her to remain, she taught me a great lesson, “No, Mitch,” she said. “You will always have my support. Go train somebody new.” We followed her advice for the next 30 years with rare exception. True to her word, she was there for me the remainder of my career. She was great friends with the late Dr. John Hamrick and attended many programs at First Baptist Church of Charleston. She and the late Dr. Jim Ward were also the best of friends and formed a mighty team to establish services for children with learning disabilities. Her work with the American Cancer Society is unsurpassed. There are simply not enough words to adequately convey what this wonderful lady means to Charleston and all who know her or the countless thousands who have or will benefit from her good works. Many years ago I heard her talk about becoming an American citizen which was one of the most moving, inspiring talks I have ever heard. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful that Margot Freudenberg is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.