Lake County residents share what they are thankful for

Shelly Shafer, director of St. Ann's Senior Center, is thankful for community.

Shelly Shafer, director of St. Ann's Senior Center, is thankful for community.

Star photo/Shanna Avery

LAKE COUNTY — With Thanksgiving this week, people will enjoy good food and get together with friends and family and celebrate festivities. Thanksgiving also is a time to count blessings. 

A few people shared with the Star what they are thankful for. 

For Shelly Shafer, director of St. Ann's Senior Center in Baldwin, her answer was, "the community." 

With all the love she has given through the years, the love was returned through a rough time. 

"I just love our community we live in," she said. "They really helped me through this past year after my mom passed away last December." 

Deborah Hanes, of Baldwin, said she is thankful for the people in her life. 

"I am so thankful for my family and friends that help me find joy in every day, and inspire me to pass it on to others," she said. 

For Stephanie Dean,  also in the Baldwin area, she is thankful for a roof over her head, a nice warm bed, running water, good food, friends and family. 

For some, it is also a chance to reflect on their faith. 

"I am so thankful for God's love first, and the great family He has given me," said Elizabeth Bosley, of the Chase area.

Mike Chaney, who grew up in the area, is thankful for healing. 

"I am thankful that God is healing me of my leukemia," he said. 

Jeanne Duffing, from Wolf Lake shared, "I am most thankful for the faith I have received from God."