Letter: ’Tis the season to be thankful
This year, I’m also immensely grateful for a very special group of people – essential workers.
This time of year, my heart fills with gratitude as we all witness the true meaning of philanthropy across our community and world. Philanthropy literally means “love of humankind” and this season brings out that love like none other. Whether we place pocket change in a red kettle, buy gifts for a family that would otherwise go without, or give generously to our favorite non-profit organization, the spirit of philanthropy fills the air. It’s also the time of year when we reflect on all we have to be grateful for: health, home, family and friends. This year, I’m also immensely grateful for a very special group of people – essential workers.
These individuals have endured so much this past year, yet they continue to serve our community with a smile. They showed up when most of the world was shut down. They are the cashier scanning the food for your holiday meal and the providers caring for your loved ones at your local hospital. They teach our kids, deliver our gifts and holiday cards, and care for our elderly. These heroes not only ensure our daily needs are met, but they are there for us all in the most dire circumstances. Without the help of essential workers, who would clear our streets when it snows? Who among us would fix power lines when ice damages them in the winter?
To all of the essential workers – you make a difference in our community and we are grateful for your dedication and compassion.
This season, let’s all take some time to show appreciation to our many essential workers. Such unwavering dedication to our communities is a gift for which we should all be thankful.
Kristi Hall-Jiran, Grand Forks