Giving thanks

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, giving thanks and helping those in need. With Thanksgiving here, families across the nation will be celebrating their own traditions in their own way. Between the food and the festivities, no one family does it quite the same, but I encourage everyone to add one thing to their day – take time to say thanks.

I treasure this time of year as an opportunity to express my gratitude for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.  I think we should all take time to reflect on the gifts that we have been given and share the joys of our last year with loved ones. At the same time, we also need to think of those that need some help.

Take time this holiday to reflect on the following Thanksgiving Prayer by Samuel Pugh:

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.

Now is a great time to reach out to those in need. Perhaps you could donate or volunteer at the local food shelf ( Maybe you could work with a toy drive for needy children (  You could possibly spend a few hours visiting nursing home residents. And for families that have a parent serving our nations overseas, you could offer your assistance with a meal, babysitting for a night or anything they need help with around the house.

Finally, I want to use this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve you once again in the Minnesota Senate.  It is an honor to serve our communities. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to represent you.

As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. I encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment.  Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16. I can be reached by email at and by phone at 651-296-6820.


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