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As Mainers gather to give thanks today, the blessings extend beyond the bounty tabled before them or even the reaffirmation of family bonds as relatives reunite.

Thankfully, there are people who look beyond their own table, their own family, to that broader community of humanity that, without them, would be diminished.

Here are 10 people for whom we are thankful as they work diligently, often without recognition, to comfort, protect, nurture and inspire, and so make our world a better place.