Generosity, everywhere we look.
Keeping Thanksgiving traditions, during this unprecedented time.
It’s not surprising that Lyme and neighbors in nearby communities are pulling out all the stops to help make Thanksgiving special for everyone. That’s what we do, right? This year, however, there’s something extra-special in the air. It’s showing in creative approaches to gathering while most of us can’t be together, and in preparations for a feast, when most of us can’t look forward that grand spread on an extended table.
If you’re still not sure what food you’ll be enjoying next week, you might take a look at the wide range of Thanksgiving Meal choices you have. Just pulling together the list was inspiring! There are take-out options for full meals, prepared side dishes, and everything you need to make your own meal, including free and by-donation offerings in all categories. Most of the providers have made it very easy to order and safe to pick up. CommunityCare of Lyme will help you with your choice or deliver what you need, and we are here with the Jenks Fund and Lyme Food Pantry if money’s short right now. As always, if you or someone you know could use some support, contact us at 795-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d like to highlight with special gratitude Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lebanon, preparing for take-out or delivering over 2,000 meals across the Upper Valley, including to Lyme. Anyone may place an order by calling 603-448-6575.
Generosity is evident not only in the “givers and doers” — the growers, roasters, bakers, delivery volunteers, those making calls or writing notes to neighbors and friends, patient computer experts helping us “Zoom”, teachers, donors, coordinators, emergency response teams, and other healthcare heros — but also in the open, trusting hearts of those generously accepting the offerings of others … some for the first time. Gifts lie in both the giving and the receiving, and it’s never seemed clearer than it does right now. Quoting one neighbor who reached out looking for a way to share the meal she plans to prepare, after being connected with a very grateful recipient of her bounty: “Yay! This will add meaning to our Thanksgiving since we have no family coming.”
Recognizing with gratitude two generous people.
The very special Michael Hinsley, whose extraordinary, caring contributions to emergency response in Lyme and across the Upper Valley are known to most of us, and have been experienced directly by too many of us, retired this week from his position as Deputy Fire Chief in Hanover. He will be missed in that roll. There’s so much more to come, and we wish you the very best, Michael! We look forward to what’s next.
With gratitude and respect, we remember Brinson Weeks, father of Bill and grandfather of Tanner, Atticus, Savannah, Scout, Joplin, and Hoke. Brinson’s generous donations of furnishings and supplies are the heart of the warm and functional CommunityCare of Lyme office space. We offer sincere condolences to Brinson’s family. We look forward to welcoming all of you to our special space when it is safe.
Masks matter … and now are mandated in New Hampshire.
Yesterday, Governor Sununu signed an emergency order instituting a statewide mask mandate, as 529 new cases were announced. The mandate goes into effect today, and will remain in effect through January 15th. Most of us have understood that wearing a mouth and nose covering protects others, and not just ourselves. It is a generous act during this pandemic. We are grateful that the state of New Hampshire now supports making the “right” decision to care for one another. If you need a mask or a facial shield, please contact us.
Our safe, healthy, loving community is a result of generous acts on the part of every one of us, as we share and care, trust and receive.