One of the best things about the holidays is continuing the traditions that I shared with my family while being raised. My dad experienced a huge heart and taught me the importance of giving back. This Thanksgiving, I took my son Zachary to a local church to help you feed those who are in our community. While I didn’t realize it at the time, I linked to my son in a way I never could have had it not been for my father’s life lesson. It warmed my heart in order to honor my dad in such a meaningful way and bond with my son while teaching him the importance of giving back. I look forward to continuing this new tradition for many years.
HEARTS member Alexia Kjos has a special way of honoring her sister. Alexia puts a Christmas tree at Kelsey’s crash site after Thanksgiving and leaves it there through the New Year. It’s Alexia’s strategy for drawing attention to the roadside sign while demonstrating her continued adoration for her sister. Other ways to honor your beloved include burning a candle during dinner, sharing your chosen memories, getting the family to find out Christmas lights or attending a favorite spot in the city.
Regardless of how you opt to honor your love one in the holiday, you want you to you realize that our thoughts are with those who are will no longer with us as well as the families they left behind. We have been especially remembering the families of the following people, who are taken from us during the holidays.
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