Written by David Golbert Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00
How many families on your block won’t be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the trimmings? Not because they don’t like turkey, but because they can’t afford to buy one. And they can’t afford the side dishes that make that meal so special.
Maybe every one of your neighbors can afford to put on a big spread for Thanksgiving, but just a few blocks away, just a few miles from your dining room, there are families who won’t have as much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving as you and me. How do I know?
I know because last year The Interfaith Nutrition Network provided more than 3,000 turkeys to families in need. Each of those families also got a bag of groceries so they, too, could have a complete holiday dinner with all the good things that most of us take for granted.
I also know that because of the tough economic times we’re going through many families that were making ends meet last year aren’t doing as well this year. At the soup kitchen where I volunteer each year on Thanksgiving Day, we expect an increase of 25 percent more guests than last year.
If you’ve had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with those who haven’t been as fortunate. We need donations of: canned soups, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned yams or potato mix, gravy mix, dry pasta, rice, and canned fruit. If you happen to have a coupon for a free turkey, that would be really helpful too.
On this day in particular, “Let no one go hungry, while there is food on our table.”