Readers answer: ‘What are you thankful for?’


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Thanksgiving is celebrated early during a free community dinner held on Tuesday at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The dinner typically feeds around 300 people each year.

Thanksgiving is celebrated early during a free community dinner held on Tuesday at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The dinner typically feeds around 300 people each year.


Beth Sergent | OVP

OHIO VALLEY —“What are you thankful for?”

Ohio Valley Publishing recently asked our readers that very question on the official Facebook pages of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel. In around 50 words, several readers took the chance to share their blessings and we share some of them here on this Thanksgiving Day.

Gallia County

“I’m thankful for everything that has come my way. My wonderful mother and step father who has been there for me through everything. I’m thankful to my fiancee who took a chance to be in this town with me without knowing anyone or having any family close. I’m thankful for my pets who are like my children since I was not blessed with a child of my own. I’m just thankful to be alive.” Janette Gussler, Gallipolis

“I am so thankful most of all that God awakens me every morning. I am thankful for my husband and our families, a roof over our heads, warmth, and full tummies. Most of all I am thankful to our savior, and what He did for our sins, I couldn’t handle life without Him.” Bonnie Stegall, Gallipolis

“I am thankful for a roof over our heads. Having lost everything in a house fire…” Tammy Phenice-Harris, Patriot

“I’m thankful for my family, my dad, my mom had a massive heart attack a few weeks ago, her quadruple bypass failed that she had this past January and thank God the doctors and nurses at St Mary’s were able to bring her back to us. My kids Jessica, Brittny, and Chris and my grandson Colton.” Jennifer Williams, Gallipolis

“My children and our pets, our home, and our family and friends.” Bryan Van Dyke, Logan, Ohio, formerly of Gallia County

“I am thankful for my truck driver husband and all the hard work and hours he puts in to provide for our family. I am also thankful for our two daughters, the light of our life. I am thankful for our God, for all that He has made possible for us and all the many blessings He has given us!” Emily Jayne Didelotte, Gallipolis

“I am thankful for my family, we have gotten closer this past year because we’ve had so many challenges in life but mostly because of losing our father in September. This will be our first Thanksgiving without him and coming together this week will be so hard but we will stick together and get through this, prayers please!” Gayle Price Roush

“I am thankful for my family and friends, it has been a rough year but all the same I have my husband and kids and grand baby’s and my daughters-in-law that I love…they are healthy and for that I am very thankful and blessed, and my close friends at work also.” Margaret Collins, Crown City

“I’m thankful that I have made it through the year after my step dad died in March (Everett Johnson) it has been one thing after another but I’m blessed to have a loving husband who has stood by me through it all and two very handsome sons to keep a smile on my face. ” Crystal Fillinger, Gallipolis

“I am so Thankful for my God and all the blessings He has given me which include my amazing kids, family, having a warm home, food, clothes, and all that we need. This year most of all I am so grateful we get to spend another holiday with my Mamaw.” Jessica Reed, Crown City

“I’m thankful for each day God gives me with my family and friends. Each blessing that comes my way. My beautiful children who are my whole world! This wonderful community in which we live in, where people come together to help each other in a cruel and harsh world at times! I’m thankful for being able to overcome so many obstacles that have stood in my way through this journey called life and for all those that have been there to help me along the way! All things are possible through God and prayer! Hope everyone has a blessed and very safe holiday season. I pray that God will help those through this season that have lost someone special in their lives because this is a very difficult time for them to get through. I apologize if it was too long! Just really thankful for everything in my life and remembering those who aren’t as fortunate this holiday season!” Ashley Pennington Clagg, Gallipolis/Mercerville area

Mason County

“I’m thankful for growing up in a simpler time.” Mona Smith, Belpre, Ohio, originally from Gallipolis Ferry

“I am thankful for my family and the things that God blesses me with every day big and small.” Angie Riggs, Point Pleasant

“I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, and to God for giving me things in which I don’t deserve.” Donna Reed Dennis, Mason

“I am thankful for so many things, from my family, friends, the ability to homeschool our children, the people we surround ourselves with who push us out of our comfort zone. 2018 was an amazing year and I can’t wait to see where we are in 2019. I am thankful for an amazing wife, and incredible children! Life is great!” Curry Russell, New Haven

“I am thankful for my grandbabies, children, and my family. And for everything God has granted me with.” Victoria Hamrick Rainey, Point Pleasant

“Thankful for all the pleasures that God has bestowed on me in this life on this earth that, He created for us.” Mary Rhodes Keeler, Point Pleasant

“I’m thankful For my gang of three here at home, for our nice, warm House, also very thankful for a great landlord. Thankful for my best friends.” Lisa Goodman, Henderson

Meigs County

“I’m thankful for my children, grandchildren, my home, my job, my friends and most of all, I’m thankful that I know Jesus.” Cheryl Irvin, Pomeroy

“I’m very thankful for family, friends, community and my wonderful New Hope Nazarene church family, most of all I’m thankful for the mercy, love and grace given to us by Jesus, my Lord and Savior. God Bless the USA.” Karen Phalin, Pomeroy

“Very thankful for my family, my church Hillside Baptist, knowing Jesus, our country, our president, a warm house to live in, food to eat, so many things I’m thankful for!” Kandis Ford, Pomeroy

“I’m thankful for my children and their health. My husband. Our family. A forgiving God. My career and the ability to do something that’s meaningful. I’m grateful for the community we live in.” Kimberly King, Chester area

“I am thankful for Jesus, my family and friends and chocolate, definitely chocolate!” Jenny Fackler, Rutland

“I am thankful that my health has improved enough to return to work this year, ending 30 years of disability. I’m thankful for the strength and hope my religion gave me to get through the most tragic time of my life. Last but certainly not least I am thankful for the moral support and guidance given to me by my fellow merchants on Main Street in Pomeroy, and for my loyal customers and generous clients who have helped my business thrive this first year.” Kymberlyn Tattrie, Sutton Township

(Editor’s note, comments were subject to minor edits for publication purposes.)

Thanksgiving is celebrated early during a free community dinner held on Tuesday at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The dinner typically feeds around 300 people each year.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2018/11/web1_11.22-DInner.jpgThanksgiving is celebrated early during a free community dinner held on Tuesday at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The dinner typically feeds around 300 people each year. Beth Sergent | OVP

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