What a year! Full of more twists and turns, breakthroughs, new variants, sadness, courage, and hope. While still very busy at Haines HQ, we are finishing 2021 on a high note – helping our neighbours near and far. We’re very grateful for that because doing something positive for other people lifts our own spirits, too. And that’s especially true at Christmas!
Think of everything that 2021 has thrown at us: illness, suffering, grief, fear, isolation for many, exhaustion, and anxiety for those at the coalface – to name a few. The disruption to everything – work, school, employment, income, shopping, travel, supply chains, holidays, sport, exercise, entertainment, hair management, petrol prices, and let's not forget toilet paper supplies!
Think of the skills, patience, and resilience we never knew we needed: always in PPE, tests, swabs, and more swabs! Home schooling, online shopping, mask-wearing, queuing to be tested, queuing to be vaccinated. Or – being home together all the time. And for those we love who are living alone, we’ve worried how they were coping without our hugs and warm smiles, how we’ve coped without them.
We’ve all been through a lot and learned a lot more this year – about ourselves, our families, co-workers, friends, neighbours; about our community and our country. About humanity.
The biggest shout out, respect and deepest gratitude must go to those on the frontline: you know who you are. You get up each day, put one foot in front of the other, and keep on keeping on. You inspire us. You are working so hard for us. We can’t thank you enough, or often enough. Thank you!
While not frontline workers, we know our work makes a difference and this Christmas we want to share how we are helping.