Happy Thanksgiving!

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This year has been challenging in ways that make it feel like an entire decade has passed by. That's why now, more than ever, it's important to pause to take inventory of the things we are thankful for. With so much hurt and pain socially, politically, and with health, now is the time to look toward the positive things that bring us joy. The quarantine has allowed us to spend more time at home with family. While that has meant shouldering a bigger load at home, it also means reconnecting with the most important people in our lives. The many donations made to food banks, shelters, and various mutual aid societies shows that when times are most challenging we band together as a community and have one another's backs.

This Thanksgiving will be different than years past. We may spend more time on our phones, tablets, or computers connecting with family we'd ordinarily be sitting next to. We may have one less seat at the table because a loved one was claimed by the deadly virus that's caused a global pandemic. However despite all of that, we stand here grateful and thankful for the future yet to come as much as for the past that we've been through.

This Thanksgiving, we urge everyone to continue social distancing. As difficult as it may be to be away from precious loved ones at this time, it's important to all of our safety and welfare. We encourage every member of our state federation to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for, and turn with an optimistic eye and grateful heart toward the upcoming holiday season, and all the future has to offer us.

2020-11-25