Just over a month ago, we mourned the damage and loss sustained by so many in the aftermath of the Northern California fires but I also noted with some optimism that sometimes disaster brings out the best in us. There is no better illustration of that kindness and generosity than this month's story of Harriet Watson's 3rd grade class. Young Lemonade Day entrepreneur Bryan Coleman and his Cutten Elementary School classmates went above and beyond in their desire to help other kids who had suffered great loss in the fires. Their efforts can be an inspiration to everyone.

This is just one reminder to be thankful for what we have this holiday season. It's a chance to recognize our blessings and be aware of those struggling with less. Whenever possible, I hope we can all remember to follow the example set by Bryan and his classmates.