As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, we have so much to be grateful for. No matter what challenges we face, the generosity, hard work, and talent of Delawareans serves as a constant reminder of why we can be thankful in the present and hopeful about the future of our great state.
We are reminded by people like Judy Travis, Founder of the Stockings for Soldiers community project in its tenth year sending personalized stockings to service members overseas. Last year, almost one thousand people helped ship more than ten thousand homemade stockings, stuffed with 40,000 pounds of holiday gifts. It’s inspiring to see their Wilmington headquarters packed with enthusiastic volunteers again this year.
You can find that same spirit of giving at 20 of our high schools this month as volunteers from our state’s universities and colleges, along with members of the business and non-profit communities, help students with college application and financial aid forms. And that same selfless attitude is apparent when 150 employees from Capital One visit Brandywine Creek State Park to clear trails, build benches and clean up the park.
Many more Delawareans take opportunities to help the less fortunate among us, participating in efforts like the Food Bank of Delaware’s annual Stuff the Bus food drive. I’m thankful every day for the incredible honor to serve in our state of neighbors, where we come together to help each other and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities.
I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for everything you do to keep Delaware moving forward.