Much to Be Thankful For

November 25, 2020
Blog Post

As appeared in the November 25, 2020 edition of the Ephrata Review, Elizabethtown Advocate, and Lititz Record

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and families to come together and give thanks for the blessings that we enjoyed throughout the year. Like much of 2020, Thanksgiving will likely look different for many of us this year. As we take a moment to reflect on the past year, let us be thankful for all who have helped us in our battle against COVID-19 and keep in our prayers those who may be alone or suffering.

Medical professionals in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health centers have worked to keep us all healthy. They have committed long hours away from their families to put the needs of others first. I speak on behalf of all residents of the Eleventh District in sharing how thankful I am for their dedication and continued hard work.

Throughout this year, we saw numerous times that Lancaster and southern York Counties came together to support medical professionals and our community’s health. Local companies switched their operations to produce hand sanitizer, volunteers began sewing masks to be donated, a company produced more hospital beds to help the potential for a case surge in hospitals, and local charitable organizations provided exceptional support to those in need. When challenged, our community has shown exceptional strength and care for one another. 

I am thankful for the farmers, producers, truck drivers, and manufacturers who worked without pause to provide for us all. Farmers and agricultural producers adjusted to changes in supply chain operations. Truck drivers and logistics professionals ensured deliveries of essential goods and personal protective equipment.

Educators have also faced significant challenges this year, but they have continued to provide students with the best education possible. Adapting to the challenges of remote instruction meant educators and school districts had to adjust quickly to make sure students are still receiving a quality education.

We must also give thanks to the brave servicemembers in the United States Armed Forces who are away from their families this Thanksgiving and holiday season. We pray for their continued safety. We must also hold their families in our hearts, as they too serve our nation with bravery while their loved ones are abroad.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be joining my family around the table. I hope all of our families can use this day to reflect and be thankful for those working hard to fight COVID-19.

I am confident that brighter days lie ahead for our neighbors and nation. Therapeutics and vaccines are going to help us turn the corner on this virus. I know that as we continue to fight COVID-19, I am confident in the strength of our resolve and am certain we will be an example for communities across America. Please keep your loved ones and neighbors in mind: wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing this holiday season.

I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the residents of Lancaster and southern York Counties for the continued opportunity to represent Pennsylvania’s 11th District in Washington. Thank you for your trust and support. I will work every day to live up to the confidence you have placed in me.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of my offices if we may ever be of any assistance with any federal issues. You can contact my Lancaster office at 717-393-0667, my Hanover office at 717-969-6132, my Red Lion office at 717-969-6133 or my Washington, DC office at 202-225-2411.