Last Thanksgiving, many of us scaled back our holiday traditions and did not share our Thanksgiving dinner with a large group of family and friends as we normally do. We had smaller meals and smaller gatherings due to the financial and medical constraints the pandemic placed on our lives.

This year, we will return to somewhat larger gatherings today thanks to gradual improvements the world has seen in the fight against the coronavirus. I think many of us are feeling a bit safer than we did last year at this time and that is a good thing. It is certainly something to be thankful for today as we continue to regain normalcy in our lives.

Yet, many Americans are still reeling from the impact of COVID. They are feeling loss as they mourn family and friends who are no longer with us due to the virus. Or perhaps they are grieving the loss of the job they genuinely enjoyed, which simply no longer exists. We are still going through tough times indeed, but if we work together and support one another, we will continue to find our way through these difficulties. Americans stick together when times are tough. And, regardless of how divided we may seem as a nation, we are slowly moving closer together again. And that too is something to be thankful for today.

Jim, J.J., and I pray for God’s blessings this day for you and your loved ones, and we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Women’s Guild will have its annual Christmas party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The buffet menu will include red and white pizza, stromboli, tossed salad, chicken with butter and garlic, chicken tenders, roast beef au jus, penne with vodka cream sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, California blend vegetables and dessert. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Peg Callahan at 570-457-8887 or Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 2 and 16, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The public can pick up food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, in the rear entry of the building.

If you can volunteer to unload and distribute food, please arrive at the church at 1:30 p.m.

For information, please call Jim at 570-921-9899.

Drive-thru community Christmas event

Avoca Community Committee will host its “Santa Sleigh” drive-thru Christmas event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the Avoca Municipal Building, 952 Main St. The committee will provide more details soon.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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