Guest Editorial: Something To Be Grateful For

By Scottsdale Pinetop

There’s no question that 2020 has been a year full of surprises.

And as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday where relatives and friends come together to enjoy a special meal, the number of cases continues to rise throughout the state – leaving many families in a difficult situation both financially and physically.

But one Scottsdale-based company has taken some proactive steps to provide those in need with a little something to be grateful for.

For the past couple of months, Scottsdale-based Hampton Design & Closets has launched a new nonprofit, Rare Ambition, and has been working hard to ensure families in tight financial situations have food on the table this Thursday. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate in Arizona is at eight percent leaving many families struggling to celebrate the holiday.

This weekend, Rare Ambition is providing families in need with a Thanksgiving basket that includes a turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a pie.

“There’s no greater joy than losing the excuses and stepping up for another person,” said Mary Hampton, Founder of Rare Ambition. “It’s now my family’s priority to ensure we spread generosity and hope to families that need it.”

Their goal is to provide 100 meals to families in the valley this Thanksgiving.

The challenges of 2020 have prevented families, friends and colleagues from being together and resorting to virtual communications to stay connected. But its the unique acts of kindness and generosity, like Rare Ambition, that highlight the importance of helping neighbors and strangers in need.

It’s a reminder that this Thursday while around the dinner table to show appreciation for all you have and extend assistance to those in need when you can, its especially needed during these tough times.

Happy Thanksgiving!