By Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings and look forward to new beginnings. Each November, we pause to recall the events of the past year, remembering those who are no longer with us and celebrating the new lives and additions with which we are blessed. It is a time to gather with family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, to give thanks for all that we have and all that has been given to us.
In Rockland County, we are blessed to live in a part of the world where freedom and opportunity are the foundations of our society. But, as we gather to give thanks, let us not forget those without homes or those who are hungry.
From the People to People to Meals on Wheels, from the Red Cross to the Salvation Army, I urge local residents to find a way to reach out to those who are in need this holiday season. Every little bit helps. Donate the loose change you’ve collected this year. Put an extra turkey or canned good in your shopping cart and drop it off at a food drive. Schedule time to give blood. Through a small gesture, you will make a difference in the quality of someone’s life. There is no better gift.
Thanksgiving also is a time to reflect on how our collective quality of life is preserved for future generations. Each day, Rockland County residents put their lives on the line so the rest of us may live in peace and safety. This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers and husbands and wives who are protecting us in the armed forces, as well as the men and women who serve as our police officers, volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other first responders.
I have always been a firm believer that the most extraordinary component of compassion is the ability to share it. I urge all our citizens to join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to those who touch our lives every day and in extending a healing hand to those who need it most.
In the year ahead, I pledge to continue moving Rockland County on a path toward fiscal health and a brighter future. Our county government today is more responsible and more efficient than ever before. Our continued focus on organizational improvement will lead to better lives for all 320,000 residents we serve.
May your Thanksgiving also be one filled with smiling faces and happy hearts.