Why are you giving thanks?

Your neighbors may be saying what you’re thinking

Thanksgiving Day is an important holiday for millions of people for just about as many reasons.

This year, The Daily Sun asked a few of your neighbors to share their thoughts on Thanksgiving. Some are cute, some are funny, all are from the heart. Here, in their own words, are your neighbors.

Carl Hurlburt is a business owner in Granger:

“Thankful to live in a great country and to have the greatest family ever.”

Rachel Shaw is Prosser’s city clerk:

“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as we gather with loved ones and together express gratitude for all that we have been blessed with.

“It’s a time to acknowledge and celebrate with humble and grateful hearts all of our riches, small and great.  May you be blessed this Thanksgiving Holiday”

Michelle Coronado is the city clerk at Mabton:

“Thanksgiving means family.  It means I get to thank God for another day, another year and countless blessings and miracles that I received this year. 

“It means I get to put four generations of family under the same roof, all at the same time, from my 84-year-old grandmother to my 8-month-old daughter.  

“And lastly Thanksgiving means I get to be thankful that dinner is not at my house so I don’t have to clean.”

Shelby Wheeler is the director of development at Heartlinks:

“Thanksgiving helps turn people’s attention to gratitude, and gratitude helps unlock the fullness of life. I feel so thankful to work at Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care because every day we find something to be thankful for.

“I am thankful that I have a loving family and a place to rest my head. I feel like I live a very blessed life, so as we turn our attention to the Thanksgiving holiday, I think about how life is not just about our blessings but how we use our blessings to make everyone’s lives a little bit better.”

Jim Honeyford is a state senator from Sunnyside:

“We Americans are so blessed with abundance of food, families, and freedoms. 

“We often take for granted the freedoms that our founding fathers wrote into our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

“We often are not thankful enough for the freedom of religion that allows us to worship as we believe.

“Neither do we often enough count the cost of the freedoms that our fore fathers fought for in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War to preserve our Union, and in World Wars I and II and in the later conflicts of Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. 

“On a personal note, I am thankful for our family and that this Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to come together to give thanks for the many blessings that we have.”

Cus Arteaga is the administrator for the City of Grandview:

“Many times, we are so busy that we miss family events, family meals and/or just simply too busy to say thank-you to someone when they do something nice for you.

“Thanksgiving is a special day for me because it’s a special time when we can all look back and thank our Lord for what he has provided for us. It’s a time when everyone is nice to each other and, most importantly, it’s a time to reach out and help someone in need.

“It’s a day for all of us to slow down and make time to enjoy a good meal with family and friends and to be thankful for all of the good blessings in our life.



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