Crisis, Grief, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For many Americans, the holidays mean that you gather with families for feasting, sharing stories, and reconnecting. For others, gathering with family can be extremely stressful as old habits and patterns of thinking are unearthed and revitalized. Even adults with children of their own can find themselves feeling like children again under the watchful eyes of their parents. Whether you were planning on getting together with your family and friends…or not, this time of year reminds us that the year is coming to an end.

The Crisis and Grief of COVID

And this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic looming across our country in ever increasing numbers, some states are recommending that families not get together at all, but rather to celebrate in their homes. For some, this feels like a violation of their rights as an American born into freedom. For those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic or are suffering its effects, it’s a welcome admonition.

COVID-19 has found a way to weave itself through the lungs of Americans but also into the fabric of our everyday lives. Several months ago, we were all scrambling for toilet paper. For some, finding toilet paper was the least of their worries as businesses began to close and employees were left without paychecks. Without a paycheck, some couldn’t pay rent and landlords began to evict their tenants as the number of people waiting in lines at food banks increased and despair was felt by those without hope of their jobs returning.


This Thanksgiving, those of us who have not lost loved ones and have kept our jobs and have a roof over our heads, we have so much for which to be thankful.

At Help Now! Advocacy Center, we are thankful. We are thankful that we get to be a beacon of light to those who have found themselves struggling against crisis, whatever the nature of that crisis is. We are grateful for our advocates who work tirelessly to help negotiate and advocate on our clients’ behalf.

We are also incredibly grateful to our donors for enabling us to bring hope back into the life of those who feel helpless against whatever crisis threatens to alter their lives. It’s because of you that we can help. It’s because of you that we get to help turn people’s lives around. In turn, the gratefulness of our clients is really a testament to your willingness to help and make a difference – their comments are really love letters to you. I hope you take a moment to read some of them.

Making a Difference

And, if you find yourself in a position to be grateful this season, filled with Thanksgiving, and you’re looking for a place to make a difference, know that you will make a difference at Help Now! Your donation will enable us to keep advocating for individuals and families facing a crisis and keep the love letters of gratitude coming.

With your support, we can continue to make a difference for people in crisis.


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