Giving Back in the Year 202011/19/2020 01:09PM ● By Rachel Miller
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- The year 2020 will forever be known as the year the world changed. The year will become a defining point in future U.S. history classes – textbooks will designate entire chapters for the year of unthinkable events.
The first case of coronavirus in the United States was discovered in the early parts of January. If the thought of possibly having to combat a worldwide pandemic wasn’t enough, not too long after America’s hearts got a little heavier with the sudden, tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. Throwing a crumpled-up piece of paper into a trash can while yelling, “Kobe!” will now bring a different feeling.
Unfortunately, the worst had only just begun, and in just a few short months, the virus would quickly spread to over a million cases throughout the world, resulting in thousands of lives lost and a worldwide shutdown. A year of hope rapidly turned to millions of people unemployed, thousands of companies going out of business, and the friendly, innocent act of hugging a loved one now deemed a high risk.
Hope came back once the lockdown was lifted and the entire world began attempting to recover from one of the world’s largest economic crises. Life began resuming to a new normalcy – there was a light visible at the end of the tunnel.
The light dimmed quickly when the nation was sent into an uproar after George Floyd was wrongfully killed by a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Protests intensified and the Black Lives Matter movement carried overseas, sending the entire world into a pivotal moment in history.
However, as we enter into holiday season, cases are now at all-time highs, many cities are moving back to stay-at-home orders, and businesses are having to close their doors once again.
Big parties and family gatherings are now going to have to exist on video chats. Cooking huge Thanksgiving spreads for the annual Turkey Day party will have to be postponed for next year – talk about a year of change.
This is the year to give back to your community. Local businesses are struggling to stay afloat, and people are having a hard time paying bills – let alone pay for all the Turkey Day fixings. Let this be the year to let your local restaurant cook you a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Volunteer your time or donate food to a local shelter – the least we can all do in the midst of this year is to find a way to give back.
A handful of restaurants in Steamboat Springs are offering to-go family meals and dine-in services on Thanksgiving Day. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will also take place this year – Routt County United Way partnered with Snow Bowl to provide a meal to-go through Snow Bowl’s drive-up window.
Choose between dine-in or takeout, pick up the community dinner, or donate to the cause by supporting the local businesses below.
Rex’s American Grill & Bar
3190 S. Lincoln Ave.
Price: $39pp/ Loyalty $35pp
Order to-go early here.
*Pick-ups are between 12-6 p.m.
Aurum Food & Wine
811 Yampa St.
Thanksgiving Dine at Home
To-go orders must be placed by Friday, November 20.
View menu here.
818 Lincoln Ave.
Family Meals To-Go
View menu here.
2090 Snow Bowl Plaza
Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner: pick up to-go thanksgiving dinner at Snow Bowl’s drive through window on Thursday, November 26, 1-5 p.m. (or until food runs out)