While most of us are familiar with celebrating Christmas, we are less likely to celebrate Thanksgiving or be familiar with the tradition of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the US/ Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. However I assume that all of us regardless of race or religion would be have grown up or been exposed to similar celebrations within our culture. This year, Thanksgiving will be celebrating on 27 November (4th Thurs in Nov) in the US.
In most cultures, a traditional thanksgiving celebration would often involve a huge feast with the family. However not all families can afford to put food on their table even on a regular day, what more on Thanksgiving Day. While we may not entirely identify with or celebrate Thanksgiving in November as the Americans do, I think most of us especially as parents would be able to identify with the strong need to protect and provide for our kids. We are all the same, as parents; just seeking to give the best we can to our children.
The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project began 3 years ago with a handful of families. Looking to pitch in to help families in need, afford their Thanksgiving dinner.
So this year, I urge you to make a difference in someone’s life – the someone who is a father desperately wanting to put food on the table for his family, the someone who is a wife and mother wishing that she could wipe the sad look off the faces of her husband and children when they realize that they can’t afford that half a chicken for the ‘festive season’. The someone who is a little child, like the little child that you and I have at home.
Let’s seek to give Thanks for the wonderful year that has been gifted to us and to pay it forward to someone even if it is for one dinner.
As of 24 Oct 2014, there are still 354 families who are waiting for their application to be approved.
Please visit this link (Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project) for more information on the project and how you can contribute.
Please do help to share and spread the word and blessing.
Paying It Forward…