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Independence Thanksgiving

Independence Thanksgiving

Submitted by Mary Laskowaski 

On November 18th, a Tuesday afternoon, all things negative associated with disabilities did not enter the door of the Independence SKIL office. On that day at 12:30 all of the people, over a hundred of them, passed through the SKIL door with gratitude, celebration and love in their hearts.

We all shared in a feast of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, potato salad, dressing, many salads, finger foods and drinks. And, let's not forget the many different pies and cakes baked by "The Independence SKIL Team".

Everyone ate until they were sated. Chris Mitchell, a Personal Care Attendant for a person with a disability, played the guitar, and sang for the group. Some wanted to dance. However, the rooms were packed with people, and there was no room.


The team worked together so well. Kristy Janssen, Ginny Wilson, Tanya King, Paula Wilkens, Fred Brown and Richard Davis prepared and passed out the food. Bill Cochran dished out the dressing.  I, Mary Laskowaski, greeted people as they came in and offered each a drink and a place to sit. Mary Ann Lybarger cut cheese and kept everyone laughing.

There were many door prizes and drawings which were donated by the Independence community businesses.

It was a day filled with beauty and wonder. As I looked at all our people sitting at the tables it was as if I saw one soul united and flowing with love. None was in a hurry to leave. It was a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Shari Coatney, our mentor and CEO/President, always says, "A team is a wonderful thing". She is so right. What happened on Tuesday was the result of teamwork at its best. The community came together, and for an afternoon we lived in a miracle of love and thanksgiving. And as I think about it, it wasn't just SKIL here in Independence doing this wonderful thing. When one SKIL member does something good, all SKIL members are part of that good. We all shine with the love of humanity. We celebrate our humanity.