Each month Meg and I interview phenomenal people who are breaking ground and who exemplify the values we are proud to uphold at MBrace. This month we are honored to highlight Shannon Moss, a local celebrity mom who has created an inspiring organization called “Code Gratitude.”

Meg’s husband, Aaron, who has been honorably serving our country for many years, first told us about  “Code Gratitude”.  Shannon’s mission and her vision for her organization spoke directly to our sense of Empowerment of the people around us. We had the great fortune to spend a fabulous afternoon with Shannon and got to know more about this amazing woman and her passion.

Shannon, we are so honored to be chatting with you, please tell us about your background?

In 1999, I moved to Maine to work as a reporter/anchor at WCSH6. Since the 8th grade, becoming a broadcast journalist was my dream. My plan was to eventually go back to my home state of Rhode Island, but a dry cleaners exploded in Falmouth and I met my now husband, who was a police officer in Falmouth. We have two boys and feel extremely blessed to live in such a beautiful state.

Could you please tell us a little about Code Gratitude?

My new business! It is actually a mission-driven company dedicated to showing appreciation to those Protectors who serve us everyday by offerring discounts from local businesses. The website, CodeGratitude.com connects supportive businesses with the men and women in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Military, Veterans and related professions.

How do you see your mission of empowering our communities?

I created Code Gratitude to be a win for both our Protectors and local businesses. The idea is that Protectors benefit for the savings, but more importantly, the much-deserved nod of appreciation for their service and sacrifice, while local businesses grow. Code Gratitude is not charity; it’s elective, cost effecient marketing businesses can feel good about.

What three things are you most grateful for in your life right now?

My family and my friends. Their love and support is limitless and I am beyond blessed to have them in my life. My health. America. I get to live in a free and magnificent country. I don’t ever take that for granted. (Wine, would be my 4th!)

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

My boys, Quinn (12 years old) and Rowen. (10 years old). I hope they’ll always think of me as someone who tried to be a bright light in life. Someone who laughed hard and smiled a lot. Who encouraged them to work hard, persevere and discover the joy in the simple things!

Shannon, what is your definition of empowerment?

To show up, live life as your authentic self and not apologize for it. My hope is that I empower others to do the same. I also believe that acts of kindness, even tiny ones, can have a profound and powerful effect on motivating people to be the best version of themselves.

What an incredible woman you are! Thank you for making such a huge impact on the service men and women and the first responders who protect us all everyday. And thank you for being the incredible mother you are and for influencing your boys in such a positive, powerful way. We acknowledge and thank you, Shannon, for embodying the values and mission of MBrace Orthodontics: To MBrace and to MPower our community one smile at a time! 
http://codegratitude.com/

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