Our View: We’re Thankful For Community


If you have your health, your family, friends, or even just fond memories, you’ve got reason to be thankful today. But if you’re looking for more reasons, just browse the pages of this newspaper.

You can read about 12-year-old Cole Strzepek, who lives with intractable epilepsy and organized a collection of socks to help kids feel more comfortable while they are in the hospital. Inspired by his bravery, people have donated a mountain of socks, with 41,000 pairs of socks now on their way to children across the country.

Or there’s the story of Rick Merrill, who’s awaiting his chance to receive a life-saving double lung transplant. Friends and strangers alike have been contributing to his online fund-raising page, and sending the family their well-wishes. The Chatham Band is even lending its talents as part of a special holiday breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 14. That’s a lot of community goodwill.

Then there’s the story of Tom Brannelly, who suffered the unfathomable loss of his daughter to a distracted driver in 2013. Katie and the rest of the family summered in Chatham, making many wonderful memories, and her father drew on those memories for strength as he helped lobby for the recently-passed hands-free cell phone law. He and his family turned tragedy into triumph.

Finally, we’re running a story this week announcing the start of our 2019 holiday Helping Neighbors campaign. Though the official tallies aren’t in yet, the drive has had a strong start, already raising thousands of dollars for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. The generosity of you, our readers, is humbling and inspiring, and it’s ample reason to give thanks.