November 17, 2017
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Dylan Roche
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November 10, 2017

Do you ever feel as if Thanksgiving gets forgotten about between Halloween and Christmas? Maybe it’s because it’s not as easily commercialized, but for whatever reason, some people seem to just skip right over it. On November 1, it’s time to put away all the jack-o’-lanterns, fake cobwebs and plastic skeletons and put up twinkling lights, giant candy canes and synthetic snow. Santa even seems to make his appearance at the mall earlier and earlier every year. What about Thanksgiving?

One might be able to argue it’s because Thanksgiving is part of the “holiday season,” that general stretch that begins in November and doesn’t end until New Year’s Day. However you want to think about it, even if we’re not putting up giant turkey decorations, I would say that the spirit of Thanksgiving is pretty vibrant right here in our community, and I’m not talking about people getting excited about stuffing themselves on pumpkin pie. No, I’m talking about a movement that we see year after year in which people really go above and beyond to help their neighbors in need.

We need to look no further than the Harvest for the Hungry food drive in local schools, or the PBA’s Caring & Sharing Community Harvest Parade. That’s not even taking into account the efforts put forth by individual businesses and neighborhood associations and nonprofit groups.

To that, I say, “Good work, Pasadena.” Thanksgiving might not get the same commercialized treatment that Halloween and Christmas get, but that doesn’t mean people don’t know how to observe the holiday.

If you have a food drive or a fundraiser you’re undertaking, don’t forget that we’re here to help you promote it. Even if it’s happening between this current issue and our next one coming out December 8, we are still more than happy to promote it online for you. On that same note, remember that we’re always looking to recognize some of the do-gooders in our community, so if your neighbor, friend, child, grandchild, parent or whoever is working hard to make someone else’s holiday special, let us know. There’s a lot of heartache in the world, and we could all use a little inspiration to make it a better place.

As always, thanks for reading. Remember that you can drop me a note whenever at dylan@severnaparkvoice.com to share news or just your feedback on the most recent issue. I always look forward to hearing from you.


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