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Volunteers with Harvest of Hope prepare meals for Thanksgiving Day 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Chase McKenna)

The year of 2020 has been a never ending saga of take, take, take. 

Health, income, graduations, concerts, weddings, holidays, birthdays, funerals. 

In between the losses, however, there have been people that stepped up to the challenge of giving more of themselves and their resources than ever before.

They held our community up with money, meals, masks, art, attention and love.

We saw that as parents rallied to collect graduation gifts for the class of 2020; as artists performed neighborhood pop-up concerts on traveling flatbed trucks; as restaurants served free meals to both first responders and families in need week after week. 

As the region battles the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus and grapples with the economic fallout of statewide

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