"I'm thankful that all of us here still have jobs," said Dana Long, secretary. Long added that she also is thankful for her home, husband and children and her whole family, "both blood and adopted."
Scott Johnson, property manager, said he also is counting having a job as his number one blessing.
"I'm also thankful for the health of my wife and my 3-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, especially our daughter who has come through several broken bones this year," he said.
Johnson's wife, Tessa, Thrift Store clerk, joined the chorus and gave her biggest thanks for still being employed, and she also reciprocated with her husband by being thankful for him as well as their two children.
Thankful for health
Kelly Duncan, corps accountant and human resources clerk, also is thankful for her job, but topping her list is her health.
"I had a heart attack last August and had two stints put in," she said. "I still have some artery blockage but medications are taking care of them. So, I am most thankful this year for my health and the care and love doctors, nurses, coworkers and family have provided to ensure that I have been able to keep my health."
Duncan also said she is thankful for her husband, their two children and five grandchildren, including one they are raising.
Kelsey Bridges, Salvation Army mission specialist, is most thankful for her husband.
"We just celebrated our first anniversary, so he is at the top of my list of things to be thankful for this year," she said.
Bridges not only is thankful for her new life as a married woman but for her new home in Danville. She moved here from Louisville after spending much of her young life in the Deep South.
"The people here at the army and the people in Danville have been so welcoming and generous to my husband and me," she said.
Wayne Smith, Thrift Store manager, said having a job topped his what-to-be-thankful-for list.
"With the economy the way it has been and with so many people losing their jobs, I feel both lucky and very, very thankful," he said. A close second on Smith's list is his family — well, both families.
"I am thankful for the family I'm related to by blood and the one I work with," he said.
Thankful for Jesus
Frances King, Thrift Store manager, didn't hesitate in saying what she is most thankful for this year — and every year.
"Jesus," she said. "I am most thankful for him and the blessings he has bestowed on me and my family." Some of those blessings include her husband, her three daughters from a previous marriage and the two stepsons she gained when she remarried.
"But I'm like everybody else here in another thing I'm thankful for this year and that's having a job," she said. "We at the army see every day the needs that people have when they lose their jobs. Helping meet some of those needs is what our job is all about."