EDITORIAL: Why we are thankful

York Dispatch

Let’s take a moment to reflect on those things that we can all be grateful for — this week and every day of the year.

York is a place made up of the most giving and fun-loving people. Community is defined by a willingness to gather for new and old traditions, to work on self and community betterment and to support one another when times are trying.

While we often get stuck in the rut of day-to-day work obligations, it’s important to remember how amazing York really is — and to be grateful for this community.

Here are some of the ways York and its residents make this a place to be thankful for — and to call home:

  • Center city York became a bit more festive Sunday as Downtown Inc and about 30 volunteers decorated the city with evergreen ropes and bows. The 16th annual Hanging of the Greens was oh so merry and bright.
  • The 14th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Springettsbury Township featured fun for the young and young at heart with a celebration of Springettsbury and its giving spirit, too. Dean Van Zanardi, of the Marine Corps Reserve, and others loaded 141 toys into Van Zanardi’s truck for Toys for Tots during the tree-lighting ceremony. In all about $1,100 was raised by Visual Realities Car Club and used to purchase the toys.
  • Bob Pullo and other community advocates have this week launched Give Local York, a fundraising drive to support nonprofits throughout York County. From midnight through 11:59 p.m. May 4, 2018, hundreds of nonprofits across the county will vie for donations made through the Give Local York website. Organizers and York Federal Fellows Alumni Association members are hoping to raise at least $1 million for 200 nonprofits in the 24-hour period, said Meagan Feeser, the event’s main coordinator.
  • First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 E. Market St., will host a free, community pre-Thanksgiving dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. There will be children’s crafts at 4:30 p.m. Participants are invited to choose a free coat, hat, gloves or sweater after dinner.
  • LifePath Christian Ministries will serve a Thanksgiving Day meal, 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, 408 W. Market St. The meal is open to all residents. It will be preceded by a service at 11:15 a.m. LifePath traditionally serves between 300 and 500 meals on the holiday.
  • York City will officially welcome the holiday season with the Light Up York City event Saturday, Dec. 2, when the Christmas tree on Continental Square will be lit. Events including a scavenger hunt, holiday entertainment, workshops and tours will start at noon. The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

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It’s a busy season to be sure. And it’s about to get that much busier.

But that is when York County is at its best. In times when there is much to be done and the work seems to be never-ending, many Yorkers who are grateful for their blessings and privilege feel compelled to reach out and lighten the load for those less fortunate.

This is what the York community is really all about.

So as you enjoy your meal, family and sense of community on Thanksgiving Day, be grateful for your neighbors — those longtime friends and those friends you have yet to meet.

Because at the end of the day, that’s what creates a sense of belonging. And that’s something for which we can be truly thankful.