Putting our blessings in greater focus


I LIKE TO THINK about the good group of men and women who come to work each day at Adams Cold Storage in Auburndale. I like to think that we’re a thankful group, happy to be working and providing a valuable service to our customers and, in many ways, to the public in general.

This time of year, with the Thanksgiving holiday right on us and Christmas on the horizon, a sense of gratitude just seems to be deeper — extra special and more top of mind. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about, though — a day to put all of our blessings in greater focus?

On this side of the Atlantic Ocean, days of thanksgiving have been celebrated in settlements, colonies, and states since the Mayflower landed with the Pilgrims in New England 396 years ago. It wasn’t until 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day. Our great 16th president of the United States enlisted his fellow Americans to observe a special day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” on the last Thursday every November.

Writing on behalf of our fantastic ACS team, for which I’m personally grateful, here are just a few of the many things and people we’re thankful for as our growing company enters its seventh year of operations:

• Our God and our country;

• Our families;

• Our communities;

• Our customers;

• Our suppliers and vendors;

• Our contractors;

• Truck drivers;

• Our U.S. military men and women who stand in harm’s way and do so much to protect our freedoms;

• Good health;

• The “OFF” button on our remotes;

• Anhydrous ammonia;

• Polk State College;

• The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce;

• Our church and school teachers, counselors, and coaches;

• Our first responders — especially those with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Fire Rescue; and, the city of Auburndale police and fire departments

• Each other.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

This column is sponsored by Adams Cold Storage.

CREDIT

column by BEN ADAMS, JR.

BIO: Ben Adams, Jr. is an owner and president of Adams Cold Storage, LLC, in Auburndale. He has been directly involved in citrus production, warehousing and distribution, as well as state and community support, since 1980. His facility incorporates about 200,000 square feet of multitemperature warehousing, with an extensive expansion project currently under way.