This Thanksgiving, we pay tribute to those good souls who make the world a warmer place. No strokes for those who won’t turn on the thermostat, though.
Maybe it’s the holiday spirit, but we can think of a lot more of the former than the latter. This list is far from complete:
Thanks: To Costco, Nordstrom, Sam’s Club and other stores that make a point of giving their employees the day off on Thanksgiving.
No thanks: To the growing number of stories pushing Black Friday sales into their misbegotten “Thanksgiving Thursday.”
Thanks: To food banks and kitchens coming through for hungry families who saw their food stamps reduced Nov. 1.
Thanks: To folks like Dave and Lora York of Puyallup, who headed out to do relief work — a family tradition — when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Thanks to the unsung heroes who, like them, jump at the chance to help ravaged communities.
No thanks: To scam artists who crawl out of their holes to milk disasters for personal gain.
Thanks: To philanthropists like Seattle’s Jack McDonald, who left $187.6 million to Children’s Research Institute, the Salvation Army and the University of Washington Law School upon his death in September.
No thanks: For misers.
Thanks: To the anonymous wizards who made Washington’s new health insurance exchange work so well.
No thanks: To the stumblebums in the other Washington who royally botched HealthCare.gov.
Thanks: For the stunning new 500,000-lamp Zoolights display opening tomorrow at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Thanks: To the Washington State Patrol troopers who spend holidays on dark roads nabbing drunk and reckless drivers while so many of us are celebrating in warm homes.
No thanks: For drunk and reckless drivers.
Thanks: To NASA probe Cassini for transmitting those breathtaking photos from the far side of Saturn.
No thanks: For asteroids that get too close to Earth.
Thanks: To the Humane Society of Pierce County for expanding assistance to low-income pet owners and for expanding veterinary care for shelter animals.
Thanks: To the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and all others who provide youth with alternatives to hanging out on the streets.
Thanks: For nonprofits, religious groups and charities that feed the hungry, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and the imprisoned.
Thanks: To donors who reach deep into their pockets in difficult times.
Thanks: For Thanksgiving.