Thanksgiving. A day that we all give thanks for the blessings and the people in our life. It is also a day that many people, families, take time to serve meals for those less fortunate in our community. For most, this is the one time during the year that they stop and give to those in need. For us, Thanksgiving is the kickoff of the season of giving. A time of the year where we all should think about others. This week, we didn’t want to volunteer on Thanksgiving, but give all through out the week.
Holiday Card for Heroes
We volunteered to make homemade Christmas cards that were signed and sent to soldiers who are serving our country. They are in countries all over the world and they will not be home for the holidays. Each card (six of them) was made by Erica. The girls and I sat down and wrote our feelings of gratitude. We thanked each brave soldier for their commitment to our country and their efforts to keep us safe. We let them know that we were thinking of them and their families this holiday season. My friend Reneta took some time to make some cards as well. We dropped all of them of to the American Red Cross for delivery.
Serving a Meal for Children
The Boys and Girls Club hosted meals for the children and families of the McCormick Club. A club located in an impoverished neighborhood that gives these children a safe place to go. A club that positively impacts children each and every day. Turkey and all the fixings were prepared and served during the meal. My role on the serving line was to dish out the cranberries. An unpopular choice for many of the children. It was great to connect with the children, see the smiles on faces, and know that all had a nice meal on that particular evening.
The Red Cross has a critical need right now for blood and platelets. The need is local to our community and communities in New York and New Jersey. Super storm Sandy created havoc, devastation, and injury. Our Red Cross is helping those areas fill the need. I donated platelets through the pheresis process. I do this on a regular basis, but I wanted to ensure that I helped during this time of serious need. For two hours, blood was extracted, platelets removed, and then the blood was replaced. An easy way to help those affected by Sandy without traveling to the East Coast. An easy way to help those in our local community.
Answering the Phone for PBS
I finished Thanksgiving week by answering the phone for PBS 39 during the current pledge drive. Public television has been providing cultural, information, and educational programming for decades. It holds a special place in the hearts of many. PBS relies on the support of its viewers and members through financial pledges. I took many calls that night and it was obvious how much PBS means to those that called.
Thanksgiving is a special day of the year. We gather with friends and family, eat unbelievable food, and reminisce about old times. We all have much for which to be thankful. I know that I do. We all must remember to take time each day to express our gratitude for these blessings. We should not wait until Thanksgiving. I love to hear that people want to volunteer on the holiday, but let’s not do it because it is trendy on that one day. Let us be thankful and give each day of the year.