REMEMBER THOSE WHO WON’T ENJOY THURSDAY
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. And for many people that means food, family, friends, and maybe football. Gathering together to offer thanks for the many blessing we have in our lives. Seeing family we haven’t seen in a long time, gathering around the table, eating more than we probably should.
As we count our blessings and prepare to sit down and eat on Thursday keep in mind those that won’t enjoy that great holiday. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
When you say a prayer before dinner, if you do that, then maybe add a special intention for that child who isn’t going to enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie; because school is closed and school is the only place where she can get breakfast and lunch. Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer meal sites
When you hug your child, or parent, or relative that you haven’t seen since the last holiday, maybe project that hug out to the homeless veteran who is not going to see family or friends that day.
When you go for seconds of Grandma’s incredible dressing and gravy, maybe send some good thoughts out for the young Mother and her kids who escaped domestic violence and abuse and now live in fear and loneliness.
When you finish dinner, un-notch your belt a hole or two because you’re so full, maybe remember that Americans discard about 40 percent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four ends up throwing away an equivalent of up to $2,275 annually in food.
You know what, how about doing those things every day?
Thanksgiving kicks off one of the greatest charitable fundraising periods of the year. From Thanksgiving through New Year people generously support the work of many good organizations helping to alleviate poverty, hunger, disease, and other human service needs.
But the reality is that hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, mental and physical illness, and many other needs exist all day, every day, every hour, and every minute. While our end of the year generosity and giving are to be celebrated, we must drive to create a culture that understands, acknowledges, and supports efforts to alleviate those problems every day.
On Thanksgiving, enjoy your day. But remember those who can’t and won’t enjoy their day. But also pledge to remember them in February, and April, and July, and every other day.
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia