Being Thankful

Tomorrow, it’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. So today, I thought I’d talk about a great program that my husband and I help out with. It’s a local meals program. You know, we all give money as we are able to the charities that are important to us. But I’m sure most of you also know the feeling of giving locally, giving in person, giving when you can SEE the results.

That’s what this meals program is like. Five nights a week in our town, folks who need a little help can get a home-cooked meal for free. Some of these people are homeless, some simply can’t afford both rent and food. Some are single, some are families with children. The circumstance doesn’t matter.

Helping to make certain they have a decent meal, though, is the best feeling in the world. The group hubby and I help with, we’ve been together for 7 or 8 years now. We started off with once a month, now we do a night every other month because there are so many organizations helping out.

And the program is run by an amazing woman. Hannah is there every night. She knows us, and she knows these people. After everyone’s been served, she’ll slip us a to-go container to be filled, then hand it to a family of four to take home. She makes the men, well, everyone, actually, take off their hats when they come in, demands polite behavior, and isn’t afraid to tell someone being disruptive to leave. Each and every day, she stumps for handouts at local stores. Day-olds that would be tossed become the rolls or cupcakes handed out with the casseroles, meats, potatoes, vegetables, salad, milk, and juice.

Both hubby and I are awed by Hannah’s single-minded determination. And we are so grateful to be part of this process. We may be helping others, but we get so much more than we give, it seems. A smile here, a hug there. It’s awesome to be part of this local tradition.

So we give thanks to Hannah and her meals program. And we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. For those of you not celebrating this holiday, enjoy the quiet e-waves. The rest of us will be in turkey/tryptophan-induced comas. 🙂

12 responses to “Being Thankful

  1. What a wonderful gift of giving and to be able to appreciate that in giving you also receive. Your post brings to mind the song Angels Among Us.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. What a lovely thing you do, Laurie! And that’s a great use for day old food. It reminded me, sadly, of when I was at work and we’d have mountains of leftover food from a workshop or conference. The dreaded health and safety rules meant that we couldn’t take these leftovers down the road to a local homeless shelter. Instead it had to be thrown in the rubbish bin. Used to make my blood boil.

    • Yes, those pesky rules make for a lot of waste, don’t they? Even this program has strict requirements. We’re not allowed to let the children serve the food because they’re shorter, too close to it, might get germs on it. And we wear gloves to serve. Oh, well, it’s worth it to jump through a few hoops to help out a bit, eh?

  3. Brilliant thing to do, Laurie, and just reason to be proud.

  4. That is so awesome. I love that you give back this way. And Hannah sounds like a delight. Jillian

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    This touched my heart deeply and brought tears to my eyes. May God bless you and all who serve unselfishly so others can have a good meal. I lift my glass in toast to your Hannah. She is a remarkable, giving woman!!

    Hope your thanksgiving was blessed!!

    • Hannah is my hero! Honestly, that woman is amazing. Diminutive, yet larger than life. Our Tday was very blessed. I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving, too, Valerie!

      • Valerie J. Patterson

        The world needs more Hannahs in it!!

        Our Thanksgiving was very blessed, too. Love spending extra time with family we don’t get to see much of.

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