I’m not sure when, but somewhere along the line Thanksgiving went from a day of giving thanks to a celebration of gluttony, overspending, and watching 300-lb men play grab-ass. I saw a recent report from the National Center on Family Homelessness, and it moved me to become more involved in addressing this pressing need in my local community.
Chances are there’s a need in your community, too. I encourage all of our members and visitors (the kindest, most generous and best-looking in the blogosphere) to find a moment between the feast and the football to send much-needed funds to their local Salvation Army, Food Bank or other worthy organization. Better yet, bag up those canned goods in the recesses of your pantry and head to the nearest shelter.
When you get back home — before you pull up a chair, enjoy the grab-ass and prepare for the misery of Black Friday shopping — take a minute to fire off an email to your elected officials to show a little freakin’ compassion and support legislation to restore funding to housing assistance programs. Thanks to budget cuts, they currently help only 1 of every 4 families in need.
We’ll be back online on Monday, Dec 1. Until then, I wish all of you a safe, happy and meaningful Thanksgiving.
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“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’