Letter to the Editor: In Thanksgiving, for Each Other

A letter from Mansfield Representative Jay Barrows.

Even in the toughest of times, the human spirit never fails.   Just this past weekend, I was honored to attend a variety of events around my district where the generosity of our friends’ and neighbors’ time, talent and resources was on full display. 

In Foxborough, the Annual BIT school fundraising event saw a turnout of 400 parents, school administrators, and supporters. Simultaneously, parents in Mansfield were doing the same good work for their elementary schools. Both events are run by extraordinary volunteers, primarily hard-working mothers, who spend months planning and finding new ways to earn additional dollars for their children and are largely successful.  Thank you.

I also joined the Mansfield Pop Warner Awards Night this weekend.  This event triggered many fond memories from when my own boys played football, but the program has grown considerably since then.  The room was filled with hundreds of terrific kids and their parents – many of whom coach, volunteer and sponsor in this league; logging thousands of collective volunteer hours from August until November. 

And this is just one sport in one town – you can find these same dads, moms, and students in every town.  These programs are another example of how youth athletics offer our children opportunities and a sense of belonging perhaps not found elsewhere.  It wouldn’t be possible without the people who make it happen every day, and they are truly making a difference. Thank you.

One of the most moving events for 17 years now, and one that brings our towns together, is the Annual Turkey Trot organized by the Personal Best Charity. Owner Chris Rappold and his team manage to inspire hundreds of families every year to take turns assembling thousands of turkey dinner packages for those in need.  

He is joined in this category of “above and beyond” service by the food pantries in Norton, Mansfield and Foxborough who meet this challenge on a daily basis - 365 days a year.  Again - to all volunteers, for your everyday acts of kindness - thank you.

So this Thanksgiving as I count my blessings, including my new granddaughter Lucy, I take great comfort in knowing that our communities are filled with good people willing to care for and help one another. I am grateful for your support in this last election and am honored to continue serving you.

Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving,


Jay Barrows

State Representative, 1st Bristol District

Neil Rhein November 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Well said Mr. Barrows! And Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Steve Davis November 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Very nice letter, Jay. Thanks.


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