“We are blessed to be a blessing to others.” This is a statement that is often repeated at my church by our Pastor. During this time of reflection and gratitude, the holiday season is where we often share gifts with others. However, I realize that it is not about the tangible gifts we share with each other, but about the gift of life and our mission to be a blessing daily to others. The reason I joined the CIS Board was not because of accolades or fame, but because of the “gift of life” I see them invest in our children of Houston every single day, and because of the need.

Last year with the help of Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS), 16 members of my HR team and myself began mentoring 6th and 7th grade students at Attucks Middle School. Not only has this been a tremendously rewarding experience for my team, but the students as well. They are being exposed to professional men and women who have demonstrated an interest in their future, and are rooting for them to succeed. My team wins because we are able to give back in a very personal way!

During this holiday season, remember it is truly more rewarding to give than to receive. I thank the CIS staff and board for the gifts that they are to our community daily.

~Omar C. Reid,

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