We reached out to several people, young and old, this holiday season to ask what are they thankful for.
Their responses, in no particular order, are listed below.
Please, add your thoughts in our comments section.
Judy Cornell: “My daughter.”
Elsie Bittel: “I’m thankful for a lot. But mostly my family and my home.”
Renee Berggren: “Meeting and having friends that are like family to me.”
Margaret Crump: “Pie!”
Jane Sidman: “My family and my life and St. Francis.”
Mary Laboda: “My family, my nieces and nephews who are so good to me and to have a place to worship.”
Lois Jetty: “Being able to get up in the morning.”
Rose Smith-Malloy: “My family.”
Charlie Milks: “I’m thankful to be alive.”
Gerry Gregory: “Big Hugs!”
Harriett Swartz: “My family.”
Evelyn Heckeler: “My good health and my family.”
Jean Pontante: “I’m thankful to be alive.”
Joyce Hudson: “I’m thankful to be living here at St. Francis.”
Lenore Inch: “I’m thankful for St. Francis Commons and all my friends here.”
Ellie Price: “I’m thankful I saw Elvis the other night with my family. He gave me two kisses.”
Melissa Dennison: “My family.”
Michelle Smith: “I’m thankful for my co-workers at St. Francis.”
Danielle Clary: “My foreign exchange students.”
Jennifer Strother: “I’m thankful for my wonderful parents.”
Kris Armstrong: “My health, my co-workers and my family.”
Kelley Greene: “I’m thankful for having a great place to come to work every day with fun co-workers and course my family!”
“I’m thankful for my mom and dad, Myla (sister) and Marlow (dog), friends, TV, snow, helping people, and money,” said 5-year-old, Mason Shatraw.
“I’m thankful for my dog, my baby sister, mom and dad, and pizza!” said 6-year-old, Noah Murphy.
“I think this holiday season I am most thankful for my family and friends along with good health for all those that surround me! I think that the older I get and my family grows the simple stuff just matters more,” said Cierra Bolton, 28.
Oswego County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr. said, “I am thankful for everyone in my life, my wife, children, grandchildren, friends and colleagues both political and work. But I guess the most important thankfulness is that God has blessed me with all of this.”
“I’m forever thankful this holiday season that I have been able to maintain sobriety for five years by the grace of God! Without sobriety I’d have nothing today including the love, trust, and the relationship I have with my three beautiful crazy girls! I have also taken back my life because of sobriety and God’s grace,” said Beckisue Stowell, 43.
“I am thankful for my health and my whole beautiful family, who I am spending time with tonight for dinner and Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow,” said Sue Brown, 74.
Mikayla Kemp contributed information for this article.
Special thanks to the staff and residents of St. Francis Commons for their assistance.