Residents have many reasons to give thanks
Nov 21, 2012 | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As local residents gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, this community has several reasons to be grateful.

From an economic development standpoint alone, Patterson has been blessed with many opportunities. The city’s West Patterson Business Park continues to grow, despite the downturn in the economy in recent years. That includes the future arrival of a fulfillment center for Amazon.com, slated to open in late spring or early summer of next year, bringing with it more than 1,000 jobs.

Development of the Crows Landing Air Facility to the south and the Arambel Business Park to the north also could be a huge asset to the community if managed well.

In addition to its economic opportunities, the West Side has many natural assets that provide wonderful recreational opportunities, such as the Diablo hills to the west, the San Joaquin River to the east and the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge to the north.

But Patterson’s biggest asset is its people, and it’s been refreshing to see how they continually come together when residents come together to assist the community, particularly in times of need.

Just this past weekend, members of the city’s newly formed Health, Wellness and Hunger Coalition picked up a pallet of canned fruit from the Stockton-San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank to be distributed to various organizations that help the hungry. That will provide enough food for 3,200 fruit cups for local residents in need.

The coalition has done an admirable job of coming up with creative ways to serve Patterson’s needy residents in recent months. Kudos should go to Recreation and Community Services Director Adrienne Chaney and Senior Account Clerk Jenifer West for starting the coalition earlier this year and to the volunteers and agency representatives that have made it a success.

Local community agencies, churches and service clubs also have done much to help others in need. Those include the Center for Human Services and Soroptimist International, which both hosted Thanksgiving meals at the Hammon Senior Center this week, as well as churches such as First Samoan Assembly of God, which hosted a meal at North Park on Nov. 10.

Local ministries such as St. Vincent de Paul Society, Westside Food Pantry and Helping Others Sleep Tonight and annual campaigns such as Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree project and Patterson High School’s Kids Helping Kids program also demonstrate Patterson’s generosity.

All of the people who support these projects do a great community service and they need local support. In the coming weeks, we will provide information about some of these campaigns and offer details about how the public can get involved.

The benevolence that can be found in this town is truly unique, and is just one of many reasons to celebrate. Pattersonites can cherish this blessing by helping with these efforts and making the most of this holiday season.

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