What are you thankful for?

My favorite Journal feature of the year — our annual “Thank You” issue — is slated for our Dec. 28–Jan. 10 edition.

This is your opportunity to single out someone who is making a difference in our community. We will share your notes of gratitude with Journal readers. Please send in your tributes by Dec. 14.

We’re providing a forum to showcase all the kind and generous acts that make Southwest such a special place. We know that people have being committing some extraordinary acts of kindness this year — an especially stressful and challenging one for so many. Now is your chance to thank them in print.

We strive in every issue to include stories spotlighting people doing positive and inspiring work. We’ve seen many examples of people who have been impacted by the recession turn their unfortunate situations into new opportunities. Whether they’ve launched a new business or taken more time to volunteer for community groups, they’ve made a difference and deserve some recognition.

So if you haven’t already, please take a minute and send us your notes of gratitude highlighting what you are thankful for in the community. Whether it’s the next-door neighbor who helps rake your leaves, or an especially nice server at a restaurant in your neighborhood, share with Journal readers what these folks mean to you.

When I reflect on our stories this past year, one shining example of a Southwest couple showing their gratitude for their neighbors is Bob and Debbie Wolk. If you recall our story in mid-June, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by buying everyone on their block a rain garden.

All told, 11 rain gardens were planted on a weekend in May on the 5100 block of James Avenue South in Fulton.

We’re not asking you to do anything that impressive — though the more rain gardens, the better. Just take a minute to reflect on the people you cross paths with in
Southwest that go above and beyond the call of duty.   

Again, the deadline is Dec. 14. (Note, we’ve extended the deadline that has been advertised in the paper.)

Here are the rules for our “Thank You” feature:

— The “thankee” must live, work or do their good in Southwest — the area between France Avenue South and I-35W, the Crosstown Highway and I-94 and I-394 (plus the northern half of the Bryn Mawr neighborhood).

— The “good works” don’t have to be extraordinary, just good.

— The nomination must be a maximum of 250 words.

— Photos of the person or persons you’re thanking are much appreciated.

You can e-mail your “thank you” tributes to [email protected], fax them to 825-0929, or send a letter to Thank You’s, Southwest Journal, 1115 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403. Please include your name, address and phone number, and your neighborhood.