Hayden Lowstetter
Staff Writer

Ever since Covid-19 left its impact on the world there has been a disconnect on the connection between families. The pandemic has uniquely affected children and families by disrupting daily routines.

These routines can be anything from school, being at work and even just everyday life. The changes have been so severe because the isolation period called for an absence from these routines.

The isolation period meant for school and work to be immediately postponed, but at the same time and most importantly among all other things the relationships you held were postponed as well. Just as the things people were doing on a daily basis were changing, naturally people and yearly routines did too.

One of the biggest holidays to have changed this due to the pandemic is that of Thanksgiving. The holiday, which is centered on coming together, took a massive hit for many from isolation to rising prices.

“Everyone was put inside and couldn’t interact which made holidays much harder for us,” says Lorain County Community College student Abe Elkammaty. “I mean we normally had small get-togethers, but it was still a struggle.”

Now in 2022, Halloween is in the past and the holidays are right around the corner once more. Though Covid-19 is mostly behind us it still has left its presence known going into these holidays. The holidays are a time viewed as spending with your loved ones, but for some those times just aren’t what they used to be.

According to Cathy Shaw from LCCC’s Advocacy Resource Center or ARC, “Despite the pandemic being over, many still struggle to come back together. Thankfully we weren’t affected too much.”

What made a difference for Shaw that led to Thanksgiving being able to still happen, is the idea of social bubbles. During the pandemic, many people started to band together in small groups. “My bubble was a few family members and then some neighbors, we did social distance, but I still got to see them which was really nice,” Shaw says.

Still while coming together wasn’t an issue for Shaw, isolation for many others added to the stress and depression. According to the World Health Organization, the world saw a 25% increase in depression cases during the first year of the pandemic, a number that has continued to grow since then.

“A lot of people lost their jobs or cut hours which led to many having to simplify Thanksgiving or cancel all together,” says Shaw. “That’s why LCCC decided to partner with Second Harvest for the mobile Thanksgiving Pantry.”

Though times have changed, they can certainly be changed again.