“Hello! Would you like a hot meal?” I shouted to a big lump of blankets stuffed into a cement corner of an overpass.
The lump moved, and slowly a grimy old man shuffled over to take the heavy box of grub from my hands.
“Thank you so much,” he said, gratitude beaming from his eyes over a big smile that suddenly made him seem much younger.
“Happy Thanksgiving,” I replied, and handed him a package of new white socks before hopping back in the car that was stuffed full of ready-to-go Thanksgiving dinners, donated clothes items and three new friends that I had met at the volunteer center.
We would eat no such meals ourselves that day, but we were filled with something else – with the knowledge that we had provided a little relief and a lot of turkey and dressing to humans who needed it much more than we did. You know, looking suffering in the face is tough, and in fact many people actively avoid doing so. Indeed it would be very difficult to get up in the morning if you couldn’t stop thinking about other humans’ despair, hunger and suffering.
A little history of Thanksgiving reveals, no doubt the early Native Americans had far better things to do with their time than help the Pilgrims learn to cook and survive in the New World. They had probably been planning a nice small dinner with their loved ones and didn’t particularly want to help out these starving, dirty, smelly white people. But they did, and their legacy of compassion will live on, not just for Thanksgiving Day, but also as an example of the innate goodness of human beings.
Volunteer to serve those who are less fortunate than you this holiday, and continue on a true Thanksgiving tradition. It will be one Thanksgiving that you remember without pause, and your encouraging actions will inspire others to turn a thought to their human families as well. There are many ways to volunteer on Thanksgiving or any day- start planning now and give yourself a holiday that is infused with the true meaning of gratitude.
- Many churches, temples, etc. have a system in place for reaching out to the less fortunate, and all you will have to do is show up and start handing out plates of pumpkin pie. Just ask. If an outreach program doesn’t exist, consider gathering your friends and starting one.
- Many food banks and soup kitchens are actively recruiting volunteers to work on Thanksgiving Day right now; in New York City there are thousands of such locations. They may need donations of pantry items, or they may be hosting a big holiday dinner and need people who can volunteer their time. Food banks need people to cook, serve food, pick up donations, set up for dinner and clean up after it’s done. Google “food bank” to get started, and don’t wait until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to call them up.
- In some bigger cities, larger outreach programs like Gobble Gobble Give in Los Angeles deliver hot plates of food to those who can’t even manage to make it to a shelter, but can be found under overpasses and sleeping in parks. Seeing how hard some people have it will illuminate the blessings in your own life.
- No outreach program in your town? Make your own. Double the amount of Thanksgiving food that you normally cook and package up half of it in meal-sized portions to deliver around your neighborhood to people in need.
- Cooking your family’s dinner and can’t bow out of the obligation? Consider inviting some extra guests to your meal, life’s “orphans” if you will – students who are away from their family and alone on the holiday, a young couple who just moved to town or that quiet guy down the street that you have always wondered about. Make like the Native Americans and share your bounty with some hungry Pilgrims.
- Nursing homes are full of senior citizens who rarely get any visitors or love. Bring them some, whether it’s a slice of sugar-free pumpkin pie, a bouquet of mums or just your smiling face. If you have children, bring them too – you will light up the life of the old folks, and your kids will learn a very valuable lesson.
- Absolutely don’t have the time to volunteer? Most food banks are in desperate need of funding and food for the holidays. Find a local Thanksgiving dinner program and donate a chunk of cash far in advance of the holiday. For those of you in NYC, we’ve rounded up some amazing food drives you can contribute to.
What a great new tradition to instill in your family! Experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving and this year, give back to your family.
But as we all know, flights during that time are esssssspensive! I am a broke college student (as I’m sure a lot of you are too!) but I am not asking for a free ride. This is something that we can both mutually benefit from.
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THIS DOG IS STOKED ON LIFE.
DO YOU SEE THIS? SHE IS LITERALLY SMILING.
…..There are SO MANY homeless animals out there just like Mail Girl who need homes.
Please visit www.petfinder.com and go adopt your new bed friend(s). Thousands of dogs/cats needing homes that would love to be apart of yours instead of sleeping in a caged building for weeks awaiting a family :(
& please reblog and help find Mail Girl a happy home along with tons of other babies on the site!
*Starbucks fans unite! We need as many signatures as possible before October 16*
»> Starbucks: Keep Free Soy and Syrup For Reward Card Members «<
From a huge Starbucks lover and long-time Goldcard holder… I have to say I’m super upset to hear you’ve decided to now charge for Soymilk in drinks. It’s not fair to those of us who have milk allergies and have no choice but to pay extra now to have a drink. And to us goldcard holders who have been loyal for years, spending so much money a Starbucks, we get nothing back for it? Soymilk does not c
ost much more (if more at all) than regular milk. I think this is a bit ridiculous and would hope you rethink this change because a lot of us will be going to other places who don’t charge extra. That goes for the syrups too. Those benefits were a huge reason why we come to Starbucks over other coffee shops. Thanks!
Please go sign the petition now & reblog!
The Sheriff’s office has not been investigating. This animal was shot in a rural area where only 12 homes were in the vicinity. An investigation would not be time tasking, yet the Sheriff has not completed one.
A few days later, a family owned dog, 1 year old Jake was shot three times in front of witnesses in Warren County. The dog, Jake was friendly and the shooting was unwarranted. The shooting of this dog was next to a children’s outdoor birthday party. This shooter not only committed a class E felony by shooting an animal that was not portraying any aggression, he also endangered the lives of children. Warren County Sheriff refused to press charges or come out to the house when called.
The Sheriff does not have the legal right to disregard the laws: 39-14-205 intentional killing of animals section A1. which reads A person who intentionally or knowingly unlawfully kills the animal of another, with the intent to deprive the owner of the right to the animals life and without the owner’s effective consent commits theft of that animal and shall be punished under 39-14-105
Also 3911-621 reads: That a private citizen can not use or threaten to use deadly force except to the extent authorized under self defense or defense of third person statutes 39-11-611 and 39-11-612. The shooter was not defending anyone and therefore broke this law. He also endangered the lives of children by unjustifiably firing a gun 3 times in their vicinity.
The shooter has caused painful emotional trauma to the children that had to witness this brutal murder of a family pet.
The Warren County Sheriff has demonstrated a clear lack of respect for the laws and the safety of his citizens. His tolerance and acceptance for cruel animal abuse begs the question is he ethically fit for his position? We who sign this petition demand that the Governor and Tennessee state legislation ensure that the laws Sheriff Matheny has disregarded are upheld. The people and the animals of Warren County deserve this. Animal cruelty and endangering the safety of all citizens can not be tolerated.
This petition is to address that unwarranted dog shootings in Warren County, McMinnville, Tenn are not being investigated. These crimes were Class E Felonies and the sheriff refuses to investigate or make an arrest. It is a Sheriff’s responsibility to uphold Tennessee state law and not recklessly abandon his oath of office. His behavior has jeopardized the safety of the citizens he is supposed to protect.”
PLEASE HELP BY REBLOGGING AND SIGNING THIS PETITION NOW!
THEY NEED ALL THE SIGNATURES THEY CAN GET, PLEASE HELP! WE NEED JUSTICE FOR THIS POOR LITTLE PUP :(
How? by SIGNING THIS PETITION: http://signon.org/sign/demand-governor-bill.fb21?source=s.em.cr&r_by=2061461&mailing_id=5594
Adopt the special ones (they have halos)
ATTN: ALL TUMBLR followers and users. Stop what you’re doing and take just 30 minutes to watch something that’ll forever change your life. This is important.
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HOW TO SURVIVE THANKSGIVING AS A VEGAN/VEGETARIAN
Thanksgiving is already stressful enough, with traveling and family overload, without having to worry about what the heck you’re going to eat. It’s known as a pretty non-vegetarian holiday, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. Make this for your family, or just for yourself and share. Who knows, the next year, they might be like my family and REQUEST thanksgiving to be vegan :)
It’s so simple these days. Just visit your nearest Whole Foods/Trader Joes/Kroger/Publix/Natural Market and grab a Tofurky. Yes, it’s different, and even I will admit, I was terrified of these for the longest, until I finally TRIED it. It’s so great! and has stuffing in the middle! You can slave away in the kitchen all day making your own homemade faux meat (like I used to do every year, which is great, but stressful…) or you can opt for one of these guys and bake it in the oven like a regular turkey! It’s good enough to satisfy most meat eaters. Find some recipes for some vegan glazes or marinades to coat the outside with and bam! They sell just the tofurkey, or a whole vegan ‘feast’ with stuffing side, gravy, and chocolate cake! And if you don’t like the taste of turkey in general, try out a Field Roast. They make AMAZING ‘meats’ and ‘roasts.’ Sometimes I even get a can of crescent rolls and wrap the Tofurkey/Field Roast with them and bake. Yeah, amazing.
I’m picking one of these bad boys up today and also pairing it with sides like vegan green bean casserole, gingered baked & cubed butternut squash, cranberry-mandarin relish, and a couple others I haven’t decided on yet haha. If you’re having trouble deciding on some veggie sides, I love Oh She Glows recipes and Fat Free Vegan.
Take a minute to back away from your own wants and needs, and reach out to those who might seem shy, quiet, different, ‘weird’, a ‘loner’, etc…. they may need a friend, may be dealing with things in their lives and have no one to talk about it with. One simple ‘hello’ could mean the whole world…
SO happy to see so many Reblogs on this. Thank you guys, keep it going. BE ALERT. Look around. Change lives.
Take a minute to back away from your own wants and needs, and reach out to those who might seem shy, quiet, different, ‘weird’, a ‘loner’, etc…. they may need a friend, may be dealing with things in their lives and have no one to talk about it with. One simple ‘hello’ could mean the whole world to them, and change a life. Strike up a convo, ask about something in common, tell them a joke, share some candy, something. You never know what is going on in other peoples lives, and the way they appear, act, shield themselves from others, might be a sign of something else. Be a friend, reach out.
and no this isn’t some photo of a cool new gadget, or fancy shirt/dress that everyone on tumblr will lust after, cute puppy, or whatever… but it should be reblogged way more than any of those because caring, love, and making a difference is WAY more important than any materialistic thing will ever be
THIS IS WRONG. We have to get this outlawed. So cruel :(
People are carrying around pet fish & reptiles on their keyrings, phones, etc in China (and possibly other places). That means these poor things are being carried around, tossed in someones purse, dangling and swirling around when people carry them CONSTANTLY. Not to mention these imprisoned animals are left in these pouches without oxygen or food so they only get to live for only a few days, if they’re lucky. The most depressing part is that the whole thing is legal.
Come on people, really? Go get a freakin tamagotchi or something!
(CLICK for) Photos from japanesestreets.com showing aftermath of tsunamis/earthquakes in Japan.
If you’re able to donate, please do. Even the smallest donation helps. Pass along to your family & friends! Japan (and potentially other areas soon) could really use it. This is a crucial time for us to come together as a whole and help each other out like we’re meant to do!