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Naperville Give Thanks This Thanksgiving: What Makes You Grateful?

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Naperville Patch is giving readers a place to share what they are most thankful for this holiday.

Every Wednesday, Naperville Patch does a column called , which shines a spotlight on people doing good things in the community. In honor of Thanksgiving this week, we thought we would do a special column in which readers can reflect and share all that they are thankful for this holiday. 

To get things rolling we are sharing this story today because we want to allow you the time and opportunity to contribute before you begin to think about that turkey dinner or Black Friday shopping.

All you need to do is comment at the end of this story and tell us what you are thankful for. If you have a photo that represents what you are thankful for (maybe a new baby, new house, new pet) you may add it to this story too! 

To get things going, I will share some of the things I am thankful for this year.

I am very thankful for my wonderful father Peter who at 84 still thinks I am his little girl and who always makes sure I have food in the fridge and a car that runs safely. I am extremely thankful to have this job and to be the local editor for for the last four years. I am thankful to have a silly little cat, Kiki, that always brightens my day. I am also very thankful and grateful to have some incredible, wonderful friends who inspire me to be better every day! Lastly, I am grateful I found yoga, which brings me an incredible amount of joy!

Now it is your turn. What are you grateful for this holiday season? Share in the comments, and please feel free to upload photos and videos!

Ted Slowik November 22, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I'm thankful for my big, wonderful family. Here's me with nine of my brothers and sisters and mom at a reunion this year--I'm on the far right. I'm the youngest of 12 and had so much fun growing up. The best part is we all still get along!
Ray Kinney November 22, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Naperville! I am so thankful to live in a community full of people that volunteer their time, give of their resources, and lend a little of themselves to help others that are less fortunate. We are blessed with an active service club community like the Jaycees, Exchange Club, Rotary Clubs, Lions, Kiwanis; the list goes on and on. Each of these clubs is populated with passionate people who volunteer their time that we should all be thankful for. At this time of year, we focus on family and hopefully reflect on those who have made a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. I would like to give a warm community hug to the owner of Meson Sabika, Hossein Jamali, and his family for all of the things they do year round to help those in need both locally and around the world. Again this year they are opening their doors at Meson Sabika and providing a warm Thanksgiving meal to those in our community that have no other place to go. At last count, they are planning on having more than 1900 people in Naperville and 600 at their Chicago restaurant, Tapas Valencia. This wonderful man and his family provide these meals at no charge so that people can have a nice Thanksgiving meal and for that, I say we all should be thankful.

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