Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving so far! I just got back from delivering meals downtown. There is a church in our area that goes around poor neighborhoods and hands out Thanksgiving meals. This is the second year that my family has participated.
Last year, we were told to show up at the church at 9am. When we got there, they had delivered almost all the meals already. They gave us some of the remaining ones, and gave us the address for the local youth development center. It was basically a place for kids to live who had been taken out of bad situations. We walked in and were swarmed by all these little kids. They brought us into the kitchen to put the food down. We talked to the adults and asked them if there was anything else we could do for them. The ladies told us that the kids really wanted a toaster so that they could have toaster waffles before school. That’s when it dawned on us. These kids didn’t have a toaster. There was a CVS across the street; they weren’t even able to go across the street and buy a $10 toaster. I complain about not having enough money…but there are kids in my own city that don’t even have simple kitchen appliances. As I write this, I’m sitting on a couch, with a blanket around me, a water heater on next to me, and watching Netflix on my TV. Yet, that center had dark, dingy rooms, writing on the walls, and a bunch of hungry little kids. As unpleasant and uncomfortable as that visit was, it really put things in perspective.
Today, we walked around a trailer park with a truck full of food. We went up to each trailer and asked the people inside if they wanted Thanksgiving dinner. Most of the people didn’t want to come out of the house, and some talked to us through the closed door. At one house, three little girls came out to see us. They smiled at us through the door and wished us a happy Thanksgiving. Even in such awful circumstances, these kids had life and joy flowing from them. We handed out all the meals, then went back for more. We loaded up our car, and then went over the the youth development center that we visited last year. We gave them all the food we had.
In a few hours, my family is going to Cracker Barrel for dinner. While we eat biscuits and turkey, there will be kids in the same city who won’t be having a Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not saying we need to be ashamed; but we need to be thankful and willing to help. As Christians, it is our job to take care of people who have less than us. It’s not the government’s job; it’s not the tax-payers’ job; it’s the church’s job.
So, make the most of your Thanksgiving. Be thankful for your blessings. Remember that there are others out there who are less fortunate, and pray that God would bless them. I would also encourage you to participate in a charity or outreach at some point. Not only will it bless others, but it can change your life too.
Spend time with the ones you love today. Thank God for what you have. Have an awesome Thanksgiving!