Tag Archive for Thanksgiving

Family Style #GivingTuesday #UNselfie

Volunteering in the community is a value I want to share with my children. One of our annual traditions is joining Volunteer 4 Long Island’s Thanksgiving effort to feed people who are homeless and under-housed. Before we feast on dinner at my Mother-in-Law’s house, we feed the spirit–others and our own.

V4LI actually takes the meals and personal items and warm clothes out to the make-shift shelters where people without homes congregate.

We love working with V4LI because they find something meaningful for everyone to do, they have yearlong efforts so they make a deeper connection with the community, and everything they do is done out of a spirit of love.

My daughter (age 7) helps assemble packs of personal items and also works on the food line.

My eldest son (age 5) helps make cards that go out with the meals.

You are never too young to get in the habit of giving–there are tons of ways young children can volunteer and serve.

Share your ideas for #GivingTuesday and link up at Bloganthropy, an organization I co-founded with Debbie Bookstaber. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, Element Associates, in partnership with Bloganthropy, is donating $1 for each link up to 100 links to Postpartum Progress.

Thankful for Our Heroes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, for what blessings will you be giving gratitude?

I am thankful for my family, my home, my health, and the good food I will enjoy. And I am grateful for the freedoms and safety I enjoy, due in no small part to our veterans.

I want to thank my husband, his grandfather (may he rest in peace), and my own grandfather (who turned 96 this week) for their service to this country.

Many of us spend some time this season helping those who are less fortunate. Please do not forget the soldiers who spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a war zone giving service to our country. Too many of them have been poorly rewarded for their duty.

Our family spends Thanksgiving morning helping an organization prepare meals for people who are homeless or under-housed. Unfortunately, some of these people are veterans. According to Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions, “Right now, on any given night, roughly 68,000 veterans are homeless in the United States. Within that number, a group of at least 14,000 have been homeless for a year or more and suffer from at least one chronic — and costly to treat — health condition. These long-term, chronically homeless veterans typically don’t make it off the streets without specific, targeted help. Communities must commit to identifying them by name and making them a priority, along with veterans who have life-threatening health conditions, for housing assistance and access to an organized support system.”

Please, enjoy your blessings on Thanksgiving, then thank a veteran, and make a commitment to helping these men and women who gave so much to us.

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Military Mondays – Thankfulness Edition!

Welcome to the Military Monday Family Blogger Carnival – November 22 Edition! Please help spread the word so that this can become a fun way to learn more from each other!

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Stumped as to what to write about? Thanksgiving is this week so it would be a great time to share what you are grateful for as part of the military family…but you can post on any topic you like!

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