Celebrating Thanksgiving Traditions and the Spirit of Gratitude

Senator Maggie Hassan
2 min readNov 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is a time for us to come together, reconnect, and share cherished traditions — with the added bonus of a delicious meal.

Tomorrow, generations of my family — plus a few friends — will gather around the table eating and sharing what we’re thankful for.

My hope is that every family has that same opportunity.

Year after year across New Hampshire, volunteers are working to make sure that everyone has a Thanksgiving meal to put on the table.

In Madison and Nashua, I joined volunteers at the food pantry and the soup kitchen, where Granite Staters are providing neighbors with Thanksgiving meals. And these Thanksgiving distributions are part of many year-round efforts to help end hunger and support residents of Madison and of the greater Nashua area.

In Manchester this week, community leaders from across New Hampshire gathered for the Families in Transition breakfast — an opportunity to recognize the essential work that they are doing to help those experiencing homelessness.

Senator Hassan joins community leaders at the Madison Food Pantry (left) and Families in Transition breakfast (right).

And across our state, Granite Staters are writing cards to service members who are away from home this holiday season, an effort led by Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis. My staff and I participated this week, and I encourage everyone to grab a pen and a pack of holiday cards and write notes of appreciation.

As the holiday season comes into full swing, it’s important that every child feels loved and cared for. Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has run the Toys for Tots program, which collects toys and monetary donations and distributes them across our state and our country to families in need.

Senator Hassan writing holiday cards to service members with Laura Landerman-Garber (left) and visiting Toys for Tots campaign kickoff (right).

These organizations and their volunteers are just a few examples of how Granite Staters support one another — and I’m thankful for them, our state, and our spirit of generosity that’s ever apparent, especially right now.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, I hope you and your family are able to gather, give thanks, and give back. Happy Thanksgiving!



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