Friday, November 16, 2007

Grab Bag Friday: I'm Thankful for Homemade Whipped Cream!

Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I love, love, love Thanksgiving. I love a day dedicated to family, coziness, and eating. I love my family's cheesy tradition of going around the table and telling "something you are thankful for." I *especially* love pumpkin pie!

But every year, I also try to remember that there are plenty of people who are not having such warm and cozy Thanksgiving rituals. Please, this weekend when you are doing your grocery shopping, toss a few extra items in your cart and donate them to your local food bank or homeless shelter. Or go a step further and put together an entire dinner basket for a family in need, offer to cook for an elderly person, or invite someone without family in the area to your home.

To make your food bank donation most useful, please check with the organization first to see what they need. For instance, our local food bank is looking for the following items:
  • stuffing mix
  • fresh potatoes, yams, celery, apples, etc.
  • vegetables, fresh or canned
  • pie crusts, filling (pumpkin, cherry, etc.)
  • evaporated milk for canned pumpkin filling
  • crackers, cheese, nuts, etc.
  • rolls and butter
  • turkey gravy
  • turkeys, or cash donations to go towards the purchase of 80 turkeys
If each of us contributes just a little, just think of the joy we can spread. And isn't *that* something to be thankful for?

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