By Paul Mina
At this time of year, I can’t help but to reflect and feel thankful for so much. Every day I’m thankful for my family, friends, a roof over my head, and food on my table. I’m thankful to do work I love leading a team of people who work hard to make a difference. I’m thankful to be part of a community that gives back every day to help our neighbors.
I’ve worked in social services for over 30 years and it’s not always easy. Too often we see families struggle just to make ends meet. At the holidays, it’s always harder. It’s colder and darker and for families in need, sometimes it’s hard to find the festive spirit everyone seeks.
But there are always bright spots whenever you take the time to look for them. This week, our three food pantries distributed 300,000 pounds of food through our Feed-A-Family program. That food is above and beyond what families receive each month for groceries. It’s special items like whole turkeys, stuffing, gravy, and pies. Those extra groceries made it possible for thousands of people to have a full holiday meal this week.
For this, I am thankful. I am thankful when I see people come together, each giving what they can to make a difference for someone else. This year you may not see parents exchanging a look of relief because they can provide a Thanksgiving meal. You may not see children trying cranberry sauce for the first time. You may not see seniors who live alone come together to share a meal. But all of this is happening right now, and it’s happening because of you.
As we gather with family, friends, and neighbors, I hope you too will take a moment to pause and offer thanks for what you have. As you do, know that there is a family out there giving thanks for you and the generous meal you helped them enjoy this year.
Our Feed-A-Family program runs through December. If you’re able to give, please consider making a gift today and know I’m giving thanks for the generosity of people like you.