Thanksgiving is this Thursday (it is so late this year!) and I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all of you. Muscatine truly has been so good to my family and me over the last seven years, and we hope to have returned the same good back into the community.
There are so many examples of good things happening across Muscatine County. Last week for instance, 250 people were at the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) to pick-up a free turkey for the holidays. That hit me hard. We arrived in our Hy-Vee Aisles Online vehicle, and I did not realize that was the same day folks would be picking things up from the food pantry and getting their turkeys. The need is real in our community, and places like MCSA, the Salvation Army, United Way, Senior Resources, and more are helping to meet it. 250 turkeys were delivered, unloaded, and picked up by families and individuals in need. I’m telling you I was floored by that. I certainly am well aware of folks needing assistance, but seeing that group really made a lasting impact on me.
My hope is that we can capture the spirit of giving during the other ten months throughout the course of the year. Certainly, the holidays amplify the feeling of generosity and goodwill. My hope is that we work to not forget those in need throughout the rest of the year.
So, as we gear up for Thanksgiving this week, what can you do to lift others up? Are you able to volunteer and help feed those in need? Perhaps you’re able to make a monetary donation to one of our worthy local organizations. Or, maybe you have a few hours that could be used to ring the bell for the Salvation Army (www.registertoring.com for sign-up). At the very least, you can always hit “share” on social media to support the efforts of the places constantly helping others.
As I’m typing this, I’m thinking that I need to also encourage you to donate warm clothing (coats, hats, and gloves) to Jessica Faye’s Closet, located here in Muscatine. My friend, Matt Peine, who started the closet in honor of his late daughter, Jessica, informed me of their need. So, please consider dropping off items if you’re able to.
I will also encourage anyone that reads this that is connected to a local organization or group to contact me, and if I can help get the word out for your cause I’m more than happy to. [email protected] is my personal email. Please use it.
So, I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, and peace. And, a sincere thank you to everyone that is working to ensure those in need will also have a great holiday. Your efforts are literally changing lives and you deserve recognition for that.
My only hope is that it doesn’t snow on Thanksgiving. Let’s save that for December, if that’s okay with everyone!