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Reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving | Editorial

Thanksgiving Day comes at a good time. Another year is nearing its close; it’s a perfect time to take stock.

This is a year in which several businesses closed or tightened their payrolls, and the economy tightened its grip on county, town and school budgets. But on Election Day, we still came up with money to save programs that are important to all of us.

This year, we saw once again the power of individual giving: Some $66,883 was given to 27 non-profits at the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions Sept. 25. Some $727,610 more was given from various funds managed by the foundation.

We were inspired by the late Jerry Inskeep’s gift of $4 million to the foundation for a college scholarship fund for local graduating seniors. When he was a high school graduate with no means to pay for college, Inskeep was assisted by someone who saw his potential. He was inspired to continue the generosity when he was able. And he did.

And so can we, as we saw in the Leo Club’s donation of $500 to the San Juan Public Schools Foundation for the Phone-A-Thon. Thanks to generous matching funds donated by King’s Market, the Leo Club’s donation became $1,000. And so it goes.

And don’t forget the work of Catherine Bevens, Genevieve Iverson and Hannah Waite, three Friday Harbor High School students who organized a fund-raiser to defray the costs of teacher Greg Sawyer’s impending kidney transplant. They raised $17,000.

There are many other acts of generosity and kindness that make a difference in our daily lives — too many to list here, but each equally important. Each act is a thread in the island safety net that keeps us healthy and makes the island a remarkable place in which to live.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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