On Thanksgiving Day we are thankful for family, friends and neighbors. They are the people closest to us. They are the people we talk with, laugh with and cry with the most. They are the people who surround us in our everyday lives.

But during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have seen this circle of caring grow.

They include neighbors who organize drive-by events so birthdays and anniversaries are not forgotten.

Grocery store employees, shopkeepers and restaurant workers who keep the doors open and deliver curbside upon request.

There are the first responders who continue to protect us and the doctors, nurses and other medical workers who care for us. The nursing home employees who attend to the needs of the sick and elderly. The clergy who keep us hopeful and centered.

The school administrators who look at the data and make the hard choices between virtual and in-person learning for students. The teachers who guide our children through these changes. The bus drivers who transport our students and the maintenance workers who take extra steps to keep everything safe.

The list is long, and that is a good thing. It tells us that during difficult times, people come together to help one another. It’s a reflection of the character of our community.So, again,we give thanks to all the people who make our world a better place. We celebrate them on Thanksgiving Day.

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