Monday, November 19, 2007

Share the Harvest

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


Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, thanks for some great postings today ... I haven't heard 'Shortnin' Bread' since I was but a wee chillun ... and Steve's 'Chicken Cordon Bleus' is a classic ...

I'm happy to read that you and your family are doing better now ... I, like you, had my position outsourced to some Haji in India when it suited my 'employer's desire to save money ... I was fortunate in that it happened at a time in my life when I wasn't made homeless by that decision ... I can see several earlier points in my life when that would have been a distinct outcome ... Best wishes to you and your family for continued prosperity and much happiness at Thanksgiving ...

November 20, 2007 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Skippy said...

Although never "without" myself, I did give many hours (and days) to feed those that were less fortunate than myself. Lately, my gifts have been more in food and donations than actually "preparing and serving" but the satisfaction is the same. Hell, I still give a handout to the the guy on the street to try and give a little lift up. In my world, I'd rather give than recieve. Have a great Holiday and keep the posts up. I'm widening my horizons daily!!

November 20, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

The number of people in the U.S. that go to bed hungry each night is appalling, and there is at least twice that number that would find themselves in dire straits if they missed a paycheck or two.

One of the things that my family learned during those difficult times was that we could survive, and even make the best of a bad situation, as long as we pull together. While there was a shortage of money and food, we never lacked in happiness.

Thank you for your kind thoughts, and accept my best wishes for you and yours.

November 20, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I’m not surprised to find that you took a hands-on approach with your charity. One of my favorite sayings is “two hands working accomplish more than a thousand in prayer.”

November 20, 2007 9:00 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

perusing through their site, america's second harvest seems pretty reputable. i'll be adding them to my charity list this year. i also recommend the fisher house who also have very low administrative expenses .... the red cross, for such a big name, also does quite well in this regard. 'tis the season to give. thanks for the tip, ed.

November 20, 2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the link to Fisher House and the Red Cross, both very deserving charities.

Many people do not recognize Second Harvest as the coordinating organization for local food banks across the country.

November 20, 2007 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

It really doesn't matter if you're a financial contributor, a food donor, or a volunteer. Food Banks are a worthwhile, yet pathetic, source of sustenance. Ed, in late September, I had the opportunity to fish a lake here in Ontario that boasts the wealthiest estates in the province of Ontario. I made the comment to my fellow fishers that there was enough wealth on this one lake to solve most of the poverty problems right here in this province. They agreed. It's sad that those who have needed, or know they may need the assistance of a Food Bank are the most likely to contribute. The rich generally (but not always) contribute through cheque-book charity, aka tax deduction. That's the wrong reason. But, I guess it doesn't matter where it comes from when you're desperate.

November 22, 2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Rockin'n'rollin' said...

'Potato' is 'Mexican Hat Dance'.
Very thanks for this funny roots!

November 23, 2007 11:02 AM  

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