November 24, 2011
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Gobble, gobble people!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I can’t believe it’s basically been a year since I had the idea for this blog. Thanksgiving gives us all the excuse to really think about what we’re thankful for in our lives. On the last Thursday of November we seem to love our family a little more, appreciate our friends, and really be grateful for the huge meal that piles up on our plates. Here’s my question. Why can’t we keep that feeling around all year-long? What is so special about that one day in November? This year I’m thankful for more blessings that I can count. You out there reading this are on the top of my list.
Even though Turkey Day is about being thankful, it’s even more so about the food. Hey, the truth hurts. That doesn’t mean we can’t be thankful for all that glorious food we shove down our gullets. This time last year I was thankful for food for an entire week! So it only seems right that tonight I am thankful for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Since they opened their doors in 1982 Second Harvest has distributed more than 100 million pounds to 18 different counties in the western end of NC. The simple mission of sharing the abundance so no one goes hungry is as powerful as it is short. Something else that I feel like I’ve said a billion times over the past year is that an idea doesn’t have to be complicated in order to change lives. There is so much food that goes to waste on a daily basis that could be given to those who truly need it. That’s the whole idea that food banks were founded on. The other great thing about Second Harvest? A little bit of money goes a long way. A single dollar donated by you or me will buy $12 worth of food that will make 7 meals! That’s way better than the dollar menu at McDonalds. Golden Harvest Food Bank shares both the mission and the year they were established with Second Harvest. The work they do is a little further South than Second Harvest, but it’s needed because hunger knows no boundaries. GHFB has a Back Pack program similar to other charities, where they work to bridge the weekend meal gap that many students experience. It only costs $14 a month to sponsor a child for the 32 week school year. I bet all of us have spent $14 on ourselves for a single meal out. I can spare a meal out a month. It boggles my mind how simple it is to fix some of the world’s biggest problems if we were all just a little more giving.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Donation
Golden Harvest Food Bank Donation
So here’s to you Thanksgiving! You provided the inspiration I needed to start Thanks-4-Giving. You’re also the reason that countless people return home every year. You are the glue that keeps us together when all else fails. You can’t say no to someone you love on Thanksgiving. You’re also the start to the holiday season, no matter how badly the department stores try to brainwash us. Thank you for making me thankful. Year after year, and day after day.
I think I will!