"Tis the Season of Giving"

We are 1 day away from Thanksgiving and the feeling of love and giving are in the air. The aroma of turkey and stuffing will soon start to tingle our senses. The majority of us are guaranteed a sit at someone’s dinner table. Whether you are with your family, the family of a friend or surrounded by the comfort of friends that have become your family, you know you will not be alone. You have a place to feel full, warm and have a great time. For you, Thanksgiving is just another occasion for you to spend time with the people you love and care about. This is not the case for millions of people in America.


There are millions of people across the United States that experience homelessness. For those that are fortunate to live in a shelter, they are provided meals on Thanksgiving Day. But, the reality is that as many shelters that exist in the world, there are still a large population of people that live on the streets and are not afforded the luxury of eating a hot meal, or any meal at all, for that matter, on Thanksgiving.


While many of us are eager to approach the holidays, and spend time deciding on what wine to bring as a host gift, we have to remember that there are people in the world, in our own backyards, that scramble every day for a meal. Not just the day of a holiday, but every day searching for something to eat. We have to be reminded of what we are truly thankful for. This Thanksgiving I want everyone to think about the things that you are thankful for. What are some things in your life that you see as normal, but may actually be a privilege? Remember, it’s okay to be accustomed to certain things in life, but are they really what’s truly important? Ask yourself this while you’re engaging in conversations and laughter tomorrow. We need to express gratitude during the times that we see as festive, but others may see as gloomy.


If you haven’t sat down to think about what you are grateful for you should. I would also challenge you to think of ways you can reach out to those in need between now and the end of the year. Become a volunteer at a soup kitchen or pass out food to the homeless. Many of us have been blessed and are extremely fortunate. Make an effort to pass around blessings this year; not only to make an impact, but to see a smile on someone else’s face when they know that there are people in the world that actually care about others. I am going to be kind and generous this year, by donating my time and money so someone else’s holiday can be brighter. 


By: Rachel M. Roberts via EIC Le'Keshia Smith