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The Gift of Friendship - Best Buddies: Anthony K. Shriver & Jorge Morilla

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Published on Dec 5, 2012

To donate, volunteer or hire a buddy, visit http://www.bestbuddies.org/donate

Dear friend of Best Buddies,

As we reach the end of another year and look forward to the warmth and love of the holidays, we want to take a moment to thank you for all you have done for Best Buddies. Despite a sputtering economy and so many competing human needs, our loyal friends continue to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through Best Buddies' friendship programs on campuses throughout the world. Our Jobs program is continuing to grow and provide meaningful employment for people with IDD, while the Ambassadors program is furthering the support of their leadership and self-advocacy trainings. This year, we were blessed to have more riders at our cycling events, more student volunteers participating in our walks, and more supporters coming to our events across the country and the world.

There are still so many more buddies -- isolated, excluded, bullied and unemployed -- who need to be reached. Yet, I am heartened when I receive emails from student volunteers like Will Macon at our Vanderbilt University chapter. Last week, I called Will to thank him for his outstanding work for Best Buddies, and he replied, saying, "Best Buddies has shaped my life, and that's more amazing than any word of mine can adequately express. I idolize the work you do and the organization you've built. It has been, is, and will be the brightest light in my life for as long as I live."

During this wonderful season, as you think about gifts for your loved ones, please consider giving the gift of friendship and jobs to our special friends. As a funny gift to you, my buddy Jorge and I filmed this short video that illustrates the true meaning of the holidays. And thank you again for all you do for Best Buddies. I wish you and your family a blessed and happy holiday.

In Friendship,

Anthony K. Shriver
Best Buddies Founder and Chairman

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