Happy Holidays

Our wish is that you all have a healthy, safe, and very happy holiday season! Family, friends, and neighbors are gathering together in individual households or using a video conference connection that’s become a universal mode of communication in the past year.

We send out our heartfelt appreciation to those who’ve made personal sacrifices during these challenging times, to those who keep us safe and others who are currently giving their all for the health and wellbeing of an unprecedented number of patients in need of acute or ongoing care.

We grieve for those who’ve lost loved ones and we’re thankful for those whose lives have been saved by those brave people who may remain nameless but they’re unsung heroes every one!

Many friends and neighbors have enjoyed celebrating the festival of lights which no doubt shone brilliantly in their hearts and minds – even more so against the dark backdrop of this past year.

We give thanks as well as assistance, food, or money in this season of charity and gift-giving which has taken on a new, more poignant, meaning – with millions of our neighbors experiencing greater need than ever before. Community-based and local nonprofits have ramped up their usual missions of service to include more people and embrace more diversity than ever before.

Circumstances may conspire against our better angels, threatening to tear us all apart, but now there’s no better time for us to reaffirm love of family, the vital importance of true friendship, and newfound feelings of closeness to others across the country and around the world.

We’re not strangers. We’re neighbors brought together by the community that we call HOME.

May the coming year bring what’s most important in our lives back into sharper focus as we ring out the old and ring in the new year we can do so with a renewed sense of hope and optimism.

From our homes to yours, we wish you all a wonderful new year!

Carol Hart
North Hills West Neighborhood Council