Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart amongst all of the holidays that we celebrate throughout the year. You see, a dozen years ago I found myself homeless and living in a tent at a county park with my wife and three young children. My job had been outsourced three years earlier and while we managed to get by for a couple of years, it was difficult having to choose between paying for food and paying the mortgage. We sold the house for a loss, as everyone else in the neighborhood was out of work as well. That year our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals were provided by the local food bank.
I have always contributed to the food bank, and being on the other end of their generosity is not something I care to repeat, nor wish upon anyone, but I was very thankful for their help during a time I could not provide for myself.
As we gather over the next month to feast and share festivities with family and friends, please take a moment to remember those of fewer means.
J. E. Mainer - Shortnin' Bread.mp3 Cheryl Wheeler - Potato.mp3 Martin, Bogan, & Armstrong - Barnyard Dance.mp3 Steve Goodman - Chicken Cordon Bleus.mp3