~Celebrating the Season of Giving Thanks~
By: J. Chevont’e Alexander
Give me the turkey, the stuffing, the collard greens, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and all the trimmings! Thanksgiving is the time of year we all look forward to gather with family and friends, enjoy great food and quality time. This is the time of year we need to give thanks for all that we have and all that is in store for us in the future. In honor of Thanksgiving Day, on Thursday, November 27, Urban Views Weekly asked Richmond area residents, “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?”
Thanksgiving is the time of year that we are able to say thank you for the small things that we often take for granted. It’s a tradition that we all stop and reflect upon what blessings we have, what we love and what we cherish during this holiday season. I am grateful for friends and family and the opportunity to be a part of the great city of Petersburg!
Mayor Brian A. Moore, City of Petersburg
Brandy Page, Makeup Artist, Richmond, VA
I am thankful for having friends and family who love me unconditionally. I am also thankful that I serve a God who blesses me over and over and over again, even though I don’t deserve it. Lastly, I am thankful for having had a mother and father who sacrificed so that I could have what I needed to be successful. I AM SIMPLY THANKFUL.
Vanessa Harris, Glen Allen, VA
I’m thankful for God’s grace bestowed upon me daily. I’m also thankful for the love and support from my family, friends, and co-workers. The moments we share are so precious to me because as Maya Angelou said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.
Felicia Burkhalter, Principal – Henrico County Public Schools
I am grateful for many things but most importantly my family. Both of my parents are still alive and live five minutes from me. I talk to my mother almost every day and look forward to our tradition of Sunday Family Dinner. It’s the one day a week that my immediate family comes together to catch up. My sister is my bestie. She is always there for me no matter what, I know that she has my back and is always a phone call away. My son is what I am most grateful for because he is my miracle child. He makes me proud in everything he does. I couldn’t have asked God for a better gift. I look forward to this Thanksgiving season so that I can spend more time with the ones that I love.
Cassandra Richardson Gray, Henrico, VA
I am grateful for so many things! But I’m overwhelmingly grateful for good health, a loving family, loyal friends and my sorors. I’m also thankful to God who gave me the vision to start a Book Scholarship Program for Virginia college students and angels [volunteers] to make the vision “real”.
Kimberley L. Martin, Founder
KLM Scholarship Foundation
I am most thankful for the role that God is playing in my life. My faith has inspired growth and inspiration inside of me that I had no idea was there. My personal and professional relationships have all benefitted, and the fulfillment that I get from serving my community is everlasting. I am grateful for life!
Tylen Hazard, Founder/Executive Director
Warrior Transition Assistance
On behalf of the Urban Views Weekly team and family, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! And, enjoy the chocolate cake too!