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With a Servant’s Heart

December 4, 2014
Decorations at the Governor's Mansion

The holidays of the fall and winter are the seasons of the heart. Thanksgiving is when we remember our blessings and give thanks from our hearts. We then enter the time of Christmas when we bestow gifts on others to show our love and appreciation for them.

This year Nathan and I especially want to thank you, the people, who have given and continue to give unselfishly of your talents, time and money. Because of your loving and compassionate hearts, we are grateful to you.

As a small way of showing our appreciation, we decided to decorate the Governor’s Mansion this year with symbols of many organizations whose volunteers serve our people. Therefore, the theme of the 2014 Governor’s Mansion Christmas is “With a Servant’s Heart.” This theme represents our way of thanking individuals, organizations and communities across the state for their commitment to service and tireless volunteerism.

Nathan and I want to celebrate the many wonderful organizations that strive to achieve great accomplishments and improvements for Georgia and her people. To highlight volunteerism, community involvement and outreach, each room focuses on Health, Human Services, the Arts, Literacy, Service Organizations and Wildlife and Environment.

We hope you will stop by to visit us this season. This home belongs to all Georgians. We hope you will enjoy seeing our beautiful decorations and examples of the many organizations that give with servant hearts.

Join us this Sunday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion for the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony, kicking off our holiday tours and musical performances that continue until Friday, December 19. This celebration is free of charge and open to the public. The Georgia Governor’s Mansion is an official collection site for both the Salvation Army Red Kettle and Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corp. If you can’t make it on Sunday, you can always drop off your toys and take a free tour of the Mansion throughout December.

Nathan and I hope that you will be inspired to give with a servant’s heart this holiday season and throughout the New Year.


Sandra and Nathan Deal


About the Author

First Lady Sandra Deal serves as Chair of the Governor’s Office for Children and Family, where she promotes a statewide effort to strengthen and support families and communities. Mrs. Deal also serves as Co-Chair of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, which coordinates policies and resources to improve outcomes for children and families. Among other issues, the First Lady provides leadership on child welfare and juvenile justice issues in Georgia.

Sandra grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Georgia College & State University. The Deals have been married for 47 years and have four children and six grandchildren.


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