Well I realize that being thankful for turkey seems a bit obvious and cliché on my first blog about thankfulness, but it’s the truth. Thanksgiving is called Turkey Day for a reason. Even if you don’t like turkey you can still be thankful for it and all it represents to our nation. Every year we buy these huge birds and roast ’em, fry ’em, bake ’em, and eat ’em for days. According to the National Turkey Federation nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 16 pounds, meaning that approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2009. 16 pounds?!?! Really? No wonder the obesity rate in our country is ~35%. But that’s another blog…
So obviously the vast majority of us here in the good ‘ole US of A have our bellies full on the fourth Thursday in November, but what about those who do not? Luckily there are some great organization out there who have made it incredibly simple to help those in need. You can donate a turkey from the comfort of your computer chair! The Greater Boston Food Bank will donate a 12-14 lb. turkey to a family in need for every $13 that is donated. Foodshare in Connecticut has a “Turkey and a Twenty” program where you can donate $32 to help purchase a turkey ($12) and help support the year-long effort to end hunger ($20) in CT. Both links are below where you can donate to these great causes.
So here’s to the first day of being thankful. Let’s all raise our basters to Mr. Turkey as the memory of being surrounded by our friends and family is so fresh. Here’s to 364 more things to be thankful for.
I love how thankful and pleasant everyone is around this time of year. The world seems like a happier place. But what about the other 364 days? Well the point of this blog is to try and change that in my own small way. Over the next year I am going to blog about 365 different things I am thankful for and donate $10 every week to an organization that reflects my thankfulness. There is this misconception that you have to start your own non-profit or organization to change the world, but in reality there are so many great causes that already exist. Hopefully this blog will get them the exposure they deserve. Oh you want to know how you can donate too? Every blog will link you to the website where you can “thank” the organization yourself. Thanks for stopping by and come back to see how much I have to be thankful for!