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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

A Time for Thanks and Reflection

November 20, 2018

Each year, Americans from all walks of life gather together on the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate what we are thankful for. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the of the holiday season, in which, we gather our family, friends, and loved ones together to share in our collective thanks for the opportunities and relationships that we have been blessed with.

As our family gathers around the table for turkey and stuffing, I am thankful for my three sons, McKay, Lucas, and Teddy, my loving wife Kristen, and the wonderful community we call home in central and west-central Illinois. Like many of you, we have been blessed with healthy lives and a loving family, but it is important that during this season of thanks we not forget those who are less fortunate and do what we can to give back to the those in need. 

Yesterday, and over the last six years, I have had the opportunity of taking my sons to serve lunch at the annual Community Workshop & Training Center thanksgiving luncheon, in Peoria. CWTC is an incredible organization that assists developmentally disabled adults in our community. They strive each day to improve the quality of life for these adults and we were grateful for the chance to lend a helping hand during the holiday season. 

Whether you are headed out to meet friends and family to play some football, you are making the last minute run to the grocery store, or are putting the finishing touches on your turkey dinner, take a moment to stop and reflect on what you are thankful for today. We are all blessed to live in a country with the freedoms we have which give each of us the opportunity to live out the American dream, and while we may sometimes disagree on policy, we are thankful to live in the greatest country in the world. 

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and loved ones! Please continue on for an update on what we have done in the 18th District over the past week.


Darin LaHood
Member of Congress