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This year has challenged us all, and yet there are things to be thankful for. Every week, a wonderful mix of adults and children make Patchwork Central part of their day. I am thankful for every single one of them.

This week, I asked Patchwork staff, volunteers, Arts & Smarts participants, and other guests what they are thankful for. You will find their responses below. I think that all of these responses reflect joys, large and small, that we all share.

Darlene: I have a lot to be thankful for. A house, food to eat, friends, especially friends helping me out by doing things like getting groceries for me during these COVID times. I’m thankful for the Patchwork worship services we can still have [virtually] on Sundays that help us connect. I’m thankful for being able to be here at Patchwork to help people out with food when they need it.

Vincent: I’m thankful for Pokémon.

Anya: I’m thankful for my family.

Eliza: I’m thankful for my cats.

Stella: I’m thankful for my dog Bella.

Emma: I’m thankful for having gotten to know all of you at Patchwork this semester.

Rita: I’m thankful for being able to be a pseudo-mom to so many of you kids at Patchwork. I’m thankful for the last two years I’ve spent working at Patchwork.

Jean: I’m thankful for the things I can do.

Molly: I’m thankful for Patchwork.

Spencer: I’m thankful for music.

Jamie: I’m thankful for my friends.

Kylie: I’m thankful for all the people here. I’m thankful for Rita. She’s great. I’m also thankful for all the volunteers. I’m thankful for the kids.

LaToya: I’m thankful that Jesus woke me up this morning and I’m still alive! I’m thankful for my children and for everything I’m able to do.

Jasmine: I’m thankful for my mom.

Dee: I’m thankful not to have gotten COVID yet. I’m thankful for my family and my cat and laughter.

Katherine: I’m thankful for my roommates.

Jane: I’m thankful for everybody in this room for working together really well and making it a good semester even when it could have been a tough one.

Shawn: I’m thankful to have a home where I can be safe. I’m thankful for my new dog Roxie.

Alecia: I’m thankful for my son.

Gail: I’m thankful for the family that I found at Patchwork, for their love and support, and for the good food, too.

Anthony: I’m thankful for patience.

Amore: I’m thankful for the baby in my mom’s stomach.

Azir: I’m thankful the baby will be another brother so the boys will outnumber the girls.

Tyler: I’m thankful for my achievements this year.

John: I’m thankful for Patchwork, and I’m thankful for my dad for helping me find this place seven years ago.

Owen: I’m thankful my parents have good jobs to be able to take care of my family.

We are thankful for many, many things around Patchwork. A few are pictured above. They include Darlene’s breakfast casseroles that are baked with love, nice notes from our guests, and continued financial support from people and places like the Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fund for Service to Others and the folks at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New Harmony.

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