Some are stuck away from home, while others see missing out on snow as good fortune. What are you thankful for this year?
MICHIGAN—The Thanksgiving holiday has been transformed into something the country has never seen before because of social distancing.
However, Michiganders across the state are planning to make this Thanksgiving one for the books—even if annual family cook-offs are to be judged via Zoom conference instead of in person this year.
Here’s what ‘Ganders (both near and far) said they’re thankful for this year.
Traverse City, MI
One silver lining from the pandemic has been the fostering and adoption of pets across the country. Great Lakes Humane Society Executive Director Linda Gottwald counts those adoptions from her Traverse City facility among her list of things to be thankful for this year.
“I am thankful for the many volunteers and people who made donations to our animals,” Gottwald told The ‘Gander. “And all the people who have provided great homes.”
Michigan-born international performer, choreographer, and yogi Vie Boheme has been stateside since the coronavirus pandemic brought most expats home. Even so, she will be unable to spend the holiday in Michigan with her family due to work obligations.
The dancing songstress is the latest faculty addition to the University of Minnesota and will remain in the city during the holiday.
“I’m so grateful for life, and energy, and the ability to feel it as it has shifted around us this year,” Boheme told The ‘Gander.
“Man, I miss my family,” she breathed after a long pause. ”But after a year like this, I’m thankful to be able to say we’re all okay, even if we won’t be all together.”
Fraser resident Antoinia Bonkowski is able to find several things to be thankful for in the midst of the turbulent year, including her full-time job.
“I’m thankful for a healthy family and my health,” she said, adding gratitude for having two living parents.
Click here to check out the Michigan mom’s photography business, which rounded out her gratitude list for the year.
Grand Rapids, MI
Tanya Mitz is the executive director of Michele’s Rescue, a Grand Rapids-based animal rescue mission that takes in animals from across the country that would be put down otherwise.
“We are most thankful for the outpouring support of our community,” Mitz told The ‘Gander.
“While COVID-19 has been rough on everyone, the love and support from our community has allowed us to double our efforts in 2020.”
The number of foster families matches and adoptions the rescue has facilitated this year has been “astronomical,” according to the executive director.
“We could never have done it without the help of our community and supporters.”
Facebook user Eddie Brown joked about being happy to not be in the snow for Thanksgiving.
What are you thankful for this year? Tag us in your posts and photos on social media with #MIThanksgiving.