BROCKTON – This is the time of year when we give thanks for all we have.
While this may not have been much better than the last year for many of us, that hasn’t stopped the people of the Brockton area from counting their blessings. From friends to family, from new life to life preserved, our neighbors take stock of all the people and things they love.
For those of us who struggle to find things to be thankful for, no one can blame you. But maybe hearing those who can still find the light in the dark can help the rest of us lift our heads, if only for a moment.
Jamie Hodges, 27, Brockton
“I am grateful for my mother and father and I am thankful for their health. I am happy that this year we can all come together as families and continue our tradition of spending the holidays together.”
John Hayes, 54, Brockton
“What I’m most grateful for is that I’m not one of the 200 or so people residing in the town of Brockton who live in a tent and wonder where I’m going to have my next meal or whether or not people are going. I care about not being at Thanksgiving dinner or not doing it. “
Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan
“I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I am grateful for many things. First of all, I am thankful for the health and safety of my wife Maria and my three children. To be a husband and a child. father these are two of my greatest blessings.
I am grateful for the health and safety of the residents of the City of Champions. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on this city. However, I am grateful that through the diligent and collaborative efforts of the Brockton Health Department, our medical providers, public and private community organizations and nonprofits, and my team at the Mayor’s Office, more than 80 % of Brockton residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine and almost 70% are fully immunized.
I am grateful to be the mayor of a wonderfully diverse community filled with caring and passionate people. It is truly an honor and a privilege to run this city.
Superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, Mike Thomas
“Having started 2021 in a fully remote format, I am grateful to hear the laughter and joy again as I walk into our school buildings. I am also grateful for all the hard work that our staff, families and Community members have accomplished to support our students and each other throughout the pandemic. ”
Brockton’s General Counsel, Winthrop Farwell Jr.
“The holidays are always a time of reflection where we remember those we love and those who have passed away. More than anything, I am grateful for the love and support of my family and the gift of seeing my little ones. children grow and learn each day. We should all be thankful for each day given to us because time flies so quickly. “
Rita Mendes, Brockton General Counsel
“Thank you Brockton for re-electing me as General Counsel for two more years. I appreciate you and I am here for you. “
Danielle Keogh, 33, West Bridgewater
“This year there is so much to be thankful for – most importantly, to be able to once again share the vacations with family and close friends. Throughout the pandemic, we have truly realized how much to see and spending time with others means to us. While we may have taken this for granted before, we surely won’t do it again! I wish you all health, happiness and time with your loved ones. “
Adam Gunn, Abington Veterans Agent
“I am grateful to the amazing community of Abington who love and support their veterans in so many ways!”
Carmen Maldonado, 56, Taunton
“I am grateful for my health and that of my family. I am grateful to the sponsors of this great Taunton community who are always ready to help with my Turkey Drive. We have been able to help almost 500 families this year! I am especially grateful that this year, I was able to keep Republican and Democratic friends. We are on this Earth to help each other. Life is short, live it fully!
Deborah Cauley, 63, West Bridgewater
“I am grateful for a 7 year old boy. He is not just any 7 year old. He is the nicest, caring and helpful person I have ever seen.
I had back surgery at the end of June and he was there to help me when I dropped something on the floor and couldn’t bend down to pick it up. He was carrying things too heavy for me to pick them up. He would help me with just about anything I needed. The best part is he never complained.
At the end of October we had a car accident and he was fine but I had to go to the hospital. He came home with a friend and he drew me a picture. The photo was a pile of dirt and he and I were either standing or sitting on that pile of dirt (depending on how you viewed the photo). He put a big sun behind the pile of earth. He wrote me a note. He was like, ‘Caleb to Grandma, I hope you’re feeling better.’
I looked at the photo today and realized that there was a little heart in it. I’m so lucky to have a grandson like Caleb. Besides being kind, caring and helpful, he is smart and funny. Caleb, I love you with all my heart and am grateful for every minute I spend with you. I love grandma. “
Sam Mawn-Mahlau, 59, Easton
“We are grateful to have moved to Easton this year, a city blessed with so much wonderful conservation land and such a rich history.”
Peter Bzdula, 40, Taunton
“This year, I am grateful to my amazing family and them who have supported me to find my place in this world. Lots of changes in my career this year and they have supported me all the way.”
Gerry Haas, 68, Abington
“I am grateful that I do not have to wear a mask this year in restaurants, stores or the library.”
Peggy Brooks, 53, West Bridgewater
“I would like to say how grateful I am that my beautiful daughter is in remission from stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma and I am eternally grateful to Mass General for making her better. I also thank the people of West Bridgewater for being so nice during this difficult time. They really helped me with their kind words and support. “
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This article originally appeared on The Enterprise: Brockton’s Thanksgiving 2021: What residents are thankful for