Giving Thanks

A comment on the Auntie’s Beads facebook yesterday reminded me of how important it is to think of others during the holiday season.  When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  You give thanks for your food, having your loved ones around you to eat with and all the other blessings in your life.  It’s easy to forget about the people that you may or may not know, who don’t have food to eat or people to eat it with.
So I googled “food pantry near Southlake, TX” and found one about 15 miles away in Roanoake, Texas.  I called and asked, simply, what they were in need of with Thanksgiving approaching.  The phone was passed over to a very warm sounding woman who goes by “Teensy.”  She told me they could use a couple of turkeys.  Everybody at Auntie’s gave a couple dollars, I went to Kroger’s and bought a couple last night, lugged them to work this morning, and then Susie and I set off to the food pantry first thing today.
Me, Teensy and Susie at the Roanoke Food Pantry in Roanoke, TX
When we arrived there was a very warm welcome.  A young guy rushed out, quick not to let us carry the heavy turkeys all the way to the door. Several volunteers were busy organizing donations and Teensy immediately remembered me from our phone conversation yesterday.  She accepted the turkeys gratefully and started telling us about their organization.
Teensy, formerly a flight attendant, was adament that no family is turned away.  She explained that many of the volunteers know the families they help by name.  She told us that they help people find jobs so they can get back on their feet after they visit the food pantry.  She said that she even helps children in need become involved in local sports organizations.  She was clearly very passionate about her work, which she said she has been doing for 20 years.
She gave us some information about their Christmas program, through which you can “adopt” a child to buy gifts for.  So Auntie’s Beads “adopted” a 2-year-old girl.  She wants a Dora the Explorer Tricycle.  I think we can make that happen. :)
So, this holiday season, I encourage you to think about making a donation or otherwise helping somebody in need.  It will make them feel good, it will make you feel good, and… that’s what the holidays are all about!!
Kelly Henderson

Kelly Henderson is a jewelry designer and editor of the Auntie's Beads blog. When she's not beading, you might find her chasing her one-year-old son, Sawyer, watching bad reality TV or reading a good book.

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