This Thanksgiving, let’s keep each other lifted

Published on November 25, 2020 in

The holiday season usually brings joy and warmth as we embrace tradition and gather with family and friends. But, as we all know, this holiday season looks and feels different because we are all facing an unforeseen reality.

The holiday season usually brings joy and warmth as we embrace tradition and gather with family and friends. But, as we all know, this holiday season looks and feels different because we are all facing an unforeseen reality.

In spite of all that is going on, we will still find ways to connect with one anotherand as we do, it’s important that we keep our community at the center of our focus. 

So many families in our community will face hardship this holiday season.

Many will gather around a table where grief sits in the space that their loved ones once occupied. Some will forego their traditional holiday meal so they can keep the heat on, and others won’t share a long-awaited embrace in the hopes that they can still do so one day.

Before the pandemic, 44 percent of households in our region struggled to meet their most basic needs. As COVID-19 infectioncontinue to climb, we know the upcoming weeks and months will bring additional challenges. 

While the obstacles of this year may feel insurmountable as we also continue to grapple with racial inequities and process the political unrest that consumes us, trust that we still have reason to be thankful.

I have never been more encouraged by the outpouring of support for our community, the ways in which we’ve leaned into one another during this difficult time, and the historical way that you made your voice hearthis year.

I am thankful that you are here reading this message, and that gives me reason to hold onto hope.

Even in this year of uncertainty, one thing remains the same: United Way will continue to work to lift families in our community out of crisis and support the organizations on the frontlines that are helping our most vulnerable citizens.

This Thanksgiving, let’s continue to keep each other lifted and interact with one another with compassion, care, and, most importantly, grace.

Please, take care of yourself and your loved ones. Reach out for help if you need it. A phone call to United Way’s 2-1-1 can be the first step toward stability. Offer help if you see someone struggling. Let us not become complacent and accept chaos and struggle as a new normal. 

We live and stand united as an organization and a community. Your support of United Way makes that possible. We are thankful for you today and every day. 

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

Darienne Driver Hudson, Ed.D.
President and CEO
United Way for Southeastern Michigan