I am writing this letter, on behalf of the family, to express the immense joy and pride the community brought to our hearts in your efforts to bring help and comfort to our father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, Jesse R. Jackson, during his battle with cancer.
As many of you know, Jesse passed away after a fairly brief battle with the disease. During his life, Jesse was a lifelong member of this community and the outpouring of well wishes and the astounding number of memories people have shared with us about him have brought a bright light to a dark time in our family.
But, this letter is written to specifically thank all of you for what you did during the fundraiser we had for him at the Moose during his final months. It has been commented to many of us many times that those present had never seen so many donated items for auction. The drawings and giveaway for the items took a full two hours and they numbered in the hundreds. Beyond that, most of the food you ate there (which was fantastic) was also donated. Obviously all of the helpers in the building donated their time, but what was astounding was that we actually had too many volunteers. Our friends and neighbors stood waiting for any task in which to help, just to be part of the event.
There simply is no way to name everyone, every organization and every business who took part in his day. The family can only hope that this one giant thank you from us reaches all of you and lets you now how sincerely thankful we are for your help and for the wonderful people and organizations in this community.
In parting, I would like to share this last memory. At the event that evening, a large poster board was laid out that allowed people to sign and share thoughts so it could be given to Jesse (who was unable to attend). By evening's end, this board had every inch covered in words and names. Just days before Jesse's passing, he lay in bed with us around and lamented the times he would be missing with his grandchildren, friends and family. But, he stopped, looked over at the board pinned to his wall, and said "Look how many friends I have."
In the end, I don't think any of us could ask for a better thought as we left his world. While his time is shorter than we would have liked to have shared with him, the moments he spent with us clearly made an impact on us and all of you.
In very short, thank you for being here for him in his time of need and thank you for sharing in his life.