To show true gratitude during holiday celebrations we must recognize and serve the underserved

When political differences arise, I urge us all to embrace them with grace as we seek to understand and learn from each other.

I know times are difficult and this Thanksgiving is expensive, but if you can afford it, I will greatly appreciate a contribution to my campaign for Congress so I can fight for better policies that help working families of the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan.

GWINN, Mich. – Today is a day of giving thanks and showing gratitude with friends and family, detaching from everyday stresses.

As we find joy in festivities, it's also important we recognize that hard-working American families — many of whom live in Northern Michigan and the UP — are struggling with poverty, housing insecurity, healthcare inaccessibility, high costs of living, and hunger. Today we count our blessings with humility and practice generosity.

Thanksgiving is an integral traditional American celebration of appreciation, but in historical contexts, the impacts of European settlement on our Indigenous people have been omitted. So, equally important in this week's celebration is Native American Heritage Day, when we pay homage to the many positive contributions of our Indigenous population.

Today and every day, we extend our profound gratitude to the men and women in uniform, those on the frontlines, and in essential service industries who do not get the day off. Thank you for keeping us safe, the lights on, and America's gears rotating.

I hope we all cherish time with loved ones and celebrate the shared values that unite us and bring people together. That's what this campaign is about. When political differences arise, I urge us all to embrace them with grace as we seek to understand and learn from each other.

Have a blessed and bountiful day. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve you. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for your support.

—Dr. Bob