Creating a Sense of Community in Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia

She Says …

As we prepare for the holidays and for the end of the year, many of us begin to reflect on the things in life that are most important. This year has brought much happiness for us all, but we have also seen our share of heartbreaks. We go through our day to day lives so busily, that we sometimes forget to stop, take a breath, and just be thankful and kind to one another.

The last year or so, we have been plagued with negativity through social media and mainstream media alike. The elections have separated families and have turned friends against each other. We were all somehow or another affected by the outcome of this historical election, yet, in our community–in our wonderful region–we have not let our differences come in-between our passion for giving. Our willingness to set those differences aside and open our hearts to those less fortunate than ourselves is a gift to this community.

VIPSEEN Magazine was started with the idea that this region had a story to tell. A story of giving. A story of love. A story that resonates within us all for good. A story that continues to be told on every page of our magazine. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making VIPSEEN a vehicle to share your stories of kindness, giving, and love when it is most needed.

This holiday, let’s think beyond ourselves and beyond our families and continue to share the spirit of the season through our giving hearts. Let’s focus on helping those in need–whether it is a homeless veteran in need of a coat or a child needing warm gloves and a scarf. Whether it is a stray animal needing a warm and loving home, or whether it is an abused woman needing protection, we all have the capacity to love and to share. It doesn’t take much.

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Thank you once again for the ongoing support that each and every one of you offer to VIPSEEN Magazine. It is much appreciated. Merry Christmas to all and we hope that you have a wonderful new year.

Angelica Ares
Creative Director

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