By Friday, Kennedy Brothers PT was beginning to look like a grocery store – make that a food warehouse – as Christmas in the City put on its Thanksgiving in the City hat to prepare for Saturday, when hundreds of food baskets would be distributed to members of our community who are in need. This was all thanks to the generosity of our supporters – those who dropped off food contributions and those who made financial donations that make it possible for us to make sure that no one goes without a turkey and all the fixins on their table this Thanksgiving.
On Friday evening, the incomparable Max marshalled her troop of volunteers to set things up – and to blow up hundreds of balloons so that things would look festive when the folks arrived on Saturday. Many thanks to those volunteers who made sure that all those cans of green beans, jars of cranberry sauce, and boxes of stuffing were lined up in good order. Who sorted through the hundreds of miscellaneous pantry-stocking donations – pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, canned fruit… And who blew up a rainbow of balloons. (Except for the gold ones: for anyone with normal lung capacity, they were nearly impossible to inflate!)
On Saturday, even more volunteers were marshalled to greet our guests and make sure that everything went smoothly as we distributed hundreds of food baskets (admittedly, mostly bags) so that our neighbors in need have one less thing to worry about this Thanksgiving. Many, many thanks go out to all these volunteers who gave up a precious Saturday to come in and help out.
Thanksgiving is such a good time to reflect on the bounty that most of us enjoy in our lives, and on how gratifying it is to be able to share that bounty with those who may have less. We are truly blessed with a bounty of volunteers and donors.
On that note, Happy Thanksgiving to all! May your holiday be rich in memories of good times spent with friends and family.
Now, on to the countdown for Christmas in the City!