State representatives make final plea, encouraging virtual Thanksgiving celebrations

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 10:44 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - State Representative Sarah Anthony is sending one more warning to families this holiday season.

She’s encouraging families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday over Zoom this year.

“We don’t want this to be the last Thanksgiving that we see members of our family. It’s best to play it safe and find creative and socially distanced ways to reach out and actually be close,” she said.

Anthony says this is her favorite holiday and she’s already mourning the loss of the usual holiday traditions but says it’s a sacrifice people need to make.

“Take a look at our hospital systems. The fact that they are near capacity,” said Rep. Anthony. “Our nurses and other healthcare providers are risking their lives to ensure that we’re safe. Our families are safe and so I think we can’t be selfish in this time.”

Other state representatives like Julie Brixie and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist say they will be making sacrifices and celebrating the holiday with only those in their households.

Even Beau LaFave who contracted the virus in September is urging people to keep their families safe.

“Number 1: protect your grandparents, your parents, anybody that has underlying health conditions that make them particularly susceptible to this virus,” said Rep. LaFave.

State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. says that if we make sacrifices now, he is hopeful for gatherings during the Christmas season.

“With the vaccine and everything coming next year will be better, you know at the end of the day there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Sen. Hertel.

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