A Time to Give Thanks

A Time to Give Thanks


Without a doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year. So many people have suffered in so many ways, and it seems the need for joy has never been greater. As we move into the darkness of winter, it would be easy enough to dwell on the negativity around us, or to question what we have to be thankful for as we reflect on the struggles of this year. It hasn’t been easy.

But as we’ve said year after year on this blog, Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the good in our lives and consider how we might spread some of that good in the world around us. From our earliest days, giving back to our community has been a central part of our mission at Ridgeworth Roofing. We’ve enjoyed great success as a company, and one way we give thanks for that success is through charitable projects such as those we’ve completed at St. Rita of Cascia High School, Inner Voice, Shady Oaks Camp, the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Our focus on giving back hasn’t changed, but this year, as with so many things, the way we go about it has to be different. Our efforts have shifted more to donations, providing supplies and materials for projects, and directing those in need to those who can help most immediately if we cannot.

Even when our options are limited, the smallest gesture can make a tremendous difference, and each of us can do our part. Donate to a charitable organization if you’re able. Organize a virtual fundraiser for a larger impact. Tell others via social media or word of mouth about the charities you support and encourage them to join you. If you can’t support an organization on your own right now, reach out to those who can and encourage them to get involved.

Small acts of kindness can go a long way in difficult times, especially when human contact is limited. Offer to deliver a meal to someone who is struggling. Pay for the order behind you in the drive thru line. Write a note of thanks. Call a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while. Check in on a colleague. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel a driveway. There are plenty of things you can do to brighten someone’s day, either planned or spur-of-the-moment.

All of us in the Ridgeworth Roofing family have much to be thankful for. We are grateful for our wonderful customers, community, and industry. We are fortunate to be able to do work that we love day in and day out, in both challenging and “normal” times. Thank you for being a part of our mission.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. We wish you good health and happiness now and throughout the holiday season.