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What Will Be Our Take-Away?

The following letter appeared in the Jumpfest 2021 program that appeared as an insert in the February 3rd issue of the Lakeville Journal

What will be our take-away from the year just past?

We have seen it all, haven’t we?

Most of us have lost something – our freedom to move about as we’d like, our peace of mind, our dignity, our livelihoods, or for some, even our lives.

Schools and businesses have been shuttered , and we have been denied the company of our families and our friends. Fundraising events  for our beloved charities were canceled.  Some of us have had to swallow our pride and ask for food. Fear and distrust hang in the air like the virus itself.

But we humans are a good and resourceful lot, rising to our many challenges. At the pandemic’s beginning, when masks were in short supply, folks started sewing them and giving them away. As the demands on food banks increased, so too did food drives. Even restaurants with plenty of problems of their own, have gone above and  beyond to provide dinners for those who need them.

And this Christmas time when Santa could not host young visitors, he hopped on a fire truck and visited their homes.

As charities could not hold gatherings for their fundraisers they have relied more heavily than ever on their annual appeals, and donors have responded.

So it has been with SWSA this year. We lost the Brew Ski Fest, a major fundraiser,  but our Golf Tournament was successful and we shared our good fortune with the Jane Lloyd Fund. Our annual Ski Swap was a great success as eager shoppers stood for hours in the drizzle, and our very loyal and generous supporters have responded to our annual appeal.

Yes we have seen it all.

So what will be our take-away from the year just past?

Will there be continued fear and loathing from this too-long crisis, or will we recognize a light at the tunnel’s end along with its accompanying hope?

Here at SWSA, as we jump into 2021, we’re going with hope.

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