Man on the Street: What are you thankful for?

During the holidays many people reflect on what they are thankful for in their lives. The Sacramento Press polled people in Sacramento to share some of these sentiments.

Feel free to add what you are thankful for in the comment section.

Vince Hernandez, City Employee

The Sacramento Press caught up with city employee Vince Hernandez at a benefit for Loaves & Fishes on Monday. Hernandez, a tree pruner for the city’s Urban Forestry division, said he knows a few people who are out of work. He said he is thankful he has a job.

He also talked about his pride in his son and daughter-in-law, who both work for the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. “I have a boy, and I’m thankful for him, too,” Hernandez said.

Janet Green, Loaves and Fishes

It didn’t take long for Janet Green to think about what she was thankful for this Thanksgiving.

In response to a question from The Sacramento Press, Green, the outreach development director for Loaves & Fishes, said, “I am definitely thankful for my family, my health and my Loaves & Fishes community.”

Mandy Nguyen Wright, Office Assistant, The Specific Chiropractic Center in Elk Grove
Elk Grove resident, 41

“I’m thankful that I’m breathing and in good health and that (my husband and I) are able to take care of patients. I’m thankful for family and friends to help support us with transitions and events we hold at the office.

“I’m also thankful that I don’t have to cook this Thanksgiving, because I’m going to my family’s house.”

Joseph Phillips, full-time student at Carrington College, part-time cop
Oakland resident, 23

“I’m thankful to be a cop. I had wanted to be a cop since I was 5. My father works for the L.A. County Sheriff’s department. Before that he was a football player, and he had always wanted to be a cop. I’m trying to make him proud up here.”

“I’m thankful for the family – the little bit that I have. Family’s always good when you have it.”

Phillips came to Sacramento to visit his mom in Elk Grove and spend Thanksgiving there.

“I’m thankful for mac and cheese. My Aunt Lisa makes the best mac and cheese.”

Christopher Barry, full-time student at Sacramento State, part-time sales associate at Nordstrom’s, sales intern at The Sacramento Press
Downtown Sacramento resident, 25

“It’s been a busy year for me with school and work. I’m thankful for all of the support I get from my family and friends. I’ve been taking a back seat in hanging out with friends because I’m so busy, but they’ve been supportive. All of their positive motivation keeps me going as I finish my last semester at Sac State.”

Russell Glover, high school student at American Legion, Sacramento resident, 16

“I’m thankful for my family and for the food I’m going to eat on Thanksgiving.”

Glover said his favorite is turkey, and he looks forward to sharing it with loved ones this holiday.

Theresa Fitz, San Francisco resident

Fitz arrived Tuesday by bus from San Francisco, where her brother-in-law picked her up.

“I’m really thankful for my family,” she said.

“Some family is here, so I came up to see them for the holiday,” she added.

Dorothy Malcolm, Sacramento resident, 85

"I’m going to have a bunch of my family here. For the first time in the 30 years I’ve lived in Sacramento, I have a son and daughter-in-law living nearby. I also have two daughters, a son-in-law and six grandchildren coming. There’ll be 12 of us for dinner in my small house. And seven of them are staying overnight."

Elden Bartley, homeless in Sacramento, 50

"I live on the street. I’m thankful that God keeps me alive every day and keeps me safe. And I stay warm with one blanket. I go to church every Sunday. And I’ve got two good friends out here. So right now, it’s working. I’m just very thankful for that. I’ve been out here four years."

Maritess Oandasan, Granite Bay resident

"[I'm thankful for] family, and that I have a steady job that’s possibly promising, and honestly, that’s it! Family, because I’ve had some things happen. And good food."

Matt Minehart, Sacramento resident

"We are thankful for family, great friends, our health, and of course, good music."

Sacramento Press editorial staff Kathleen Haley, Colleen Belcher, Brandon Darnell, Suzanne Hurt and David Watts Barton contributed to this article.

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November 25, 2010 | 12:57 PM

So this is what those interviews were about! I like it. A lot. Very cool SacPress.

November 26, 2010 | 6:08 PM

I am thankful for those who dedicate their lives to helping others in need…whether it’s the homeless, people with mental health issues or anyone in need of hope, understanding, love and compassion!

November 27, 2010 | 12:33 AM

I’m thankful for people who enlist in our armed forces and police, sheriff, FBI, DEA, CIA, Secret Service, Homeland, etc. These are the true heroes of the United States. We enjoy the freedom to blog, to assemble, to speak freely, to choose our political affiliations and so forth because our armed men and women stand at the ready to stop those who want to inflict harm on us. I salute every man and woman who is willing to take a bullet on my and my family’s behalf. God bless you.

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