What are you thankful for?

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Before we stuff ourselves with turkey, dressing and all the fixings, we need to pause a moment to count our blessings.

We need to be thankful this year, no matter what has been happening in our country. Let’s forget about our worries and differences with one another so we can truly reflect on what we have.

Sometimes the little things are what are most important.

A good way to realize what all we have to be thankful for is to write it down. In recent years, many folks have taken a 30-day challenge to post daily one thing they are thankful for on Facebook.

So, just as we did last year at this time, we thought we’d accept the challenge and use this editorial space to publish our list.

Day 1: Our community. We may be small, but Barnwell County is a great place to live and work. It’s filled with many caring and compassionate people.

Day 2: Our readers. We couldn’t survive without those of you who faithfully read our paper.

Day 3: Our advertisers. The support of our advertisers – large and small – enables us to bring you the news each week. Please support these local businesses.

Day 4: Our staff. We are thankful for our team here at the paper. We can be serious but we also make each other laugh. We are here to serve you and always welcome feedback.

Day 5: Our jobs. We are grateful for our jobs, especially when so many others are looking for work.

Day 6: Our families. We appreciate the love and understanding our families provide, especially when we work long, unpredictable hours. The news doesn’t end at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Day 7: New jobs. After years of disappointing economic news, new jobs have been created, particularly through the Orchids Paper Products plant opening and expansion at Swiss Krono. These new jobs will provide new opportunities for our community.

Day 8: Healing Springs and other natural amenities. If you haven’t tasted the fresh, cool water at the natural springs, you are missing out.

Day 9: Promise Zone. This federal designation opens up new opportunities, such as grant possibilities, for our county.

Day 10: Charities and non-profit organizations. They work to bring positive change to the community in a variety of ways, such as reducing the homeless pet population and feeding the hungry.

Day 11: Law enforcement. These men and women risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe.

Day 12: Firefighters. While we hope we never need their services, they are there if we do. Most are volunteers.

Day 13: 911 operators. These folks connect you to the right personnel in an emergency, but often don’t receive gratitude.

Day 14: Health care professionals. While our hospital closed in January, we still have many wonderful folks working to keep residents healthy, including paramedics, nurses and doctors.

Day 15: Military. They fight to protect our freedoms and ensure our country’s safety.

Day 16: Veterans. They fought for us. It’s our job to respect and help them.

Day 17: Educators. They work hard to help our children reach their full potential.

Day 18: Public officials. We don’t always agree with them, but they have important jobs and we thank them for their service.

Day 19: Transparency. Many love conducting the public’s business behind closed doors, but we thank those who promote transparency.

Day 20: Pets. They provide love and companionship to so many of us.

Day 21: Food to eat. If you eat three meals a day, you are better off than many, including some in Barnwell County who rely on the soup kitchen and food banks for meals.

Day 22: Farmers. Agriculture is big business in Barnwell County. Thank you for providing products to eat, wear and utilize.

Day 23: Shelter. We are blessed to have a place to call home and sleep at night.

Day 24: Family services. There are those who fight addiction or abuse, struggle with disabilities or illness. So many organizations work to help those in need.

Day 25: Transportation services. With so many traveling for the holidays, there are those who assist us in getting to our destinations safe.

Day 26: A day of rest and good food. Our staff is enjoying a day off with family. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you take time to count your blessings.

Day 27: Black Friday deals. This is pretty self-explanatory. We love bargains and saving money.

Day 28: Area small business owners. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Please support these businesses year-round. Shop local first!

Day 29: Barnwell County’s churches. They provide a place of worship, fellowship and spiritual rejuvenation to many folks.

Day 30: The pending Christmas season. It’s our favorite time of year because we get to cover events across the county that brings our community together.

What are you thankful for?

Even if you haven’t been doing the thanksgiving challenge, it’s not too late to start counting your blessings.