RedKey’s Annual Gratitude Breakfast: Dec 4th

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   At RedKey, our mission of love, service, and fun infuses everything we do. As a way to help fulfill our mission, we often focus on the concept of gratitude and the power it has to elevate our lives and help us serve others joyfully. One way we do this is with our annual Gratitude Breakfast – a way to thank our agents and employees, hear about works of service from the past year, share new initiatives, and be inspired by what others have done to love and serve those around them.

Our keynote speaker for this year’s Gratitude Breakfast, which will take place on December 4, is Theresa Carrington, a St. Louis-based humanitarian, author, and innovator whose work has benefited thousands of people across the globe. The seeds of her successful nonprofit project began with the support she received from friends and family during a time in her life when she faced significant personal obstacles. They sent notes, cards, and pictures for encouragement, which she kept in a basket she dubbed her “Blessing Basket.” Theresa turned to her Blessing Basket for daily support and reassurance. Later, as a speaker at conferences and organizations, she shared this experience – and the Blessing Basket – with other women. When many of them expressed interest in creating their own Blessing Baskets, Theresa began exploring ways to establish a connection between the artisan basket makers living in impoverished areas and the recipients. This led to The Blessing Basket Project®, an effort that made it possible for basket makers to be compensated directly for their products, with wages that allowed them to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors and rise from poverty to prosperity. Known today as Ten by Three™, the organization continues its efforts to end poverty sustainably through its partnership with artisans and farmers in Africa and Asia. In addition to her nonprofit work, Theresa is also an award-winning journalist and author.

Theresa’s dedication to serving others with love – and applying her talent, intelligence, and experiences to her work – parallels what we strive for every day at RedKey. As we take time to reflect on the past year and look to the future, we do so with a spirit of gratitude for the people around us. As William Arthur Ward put it, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”