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Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

I just wanted to share a little with you about our Thanksgiving morning.

It has become our annual tradition to join Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing food for people who are homeless.

My daughter was very excited because this was her first year to actually help prepare the meal.

This year they prepared almost 300 meals to distribute to emergency housing and bring to places in our community where people who are homeless set up make-shift shelters.

The young children also make cards to go out with the meal. As one of the founders and organizers of V4LI says, these cards offer a little bit of love and hope to people, along with the meals.

A meal feeds a person for a day but hope can sustain someone a lifetime. The founder of this organization is out in the community, working with people who are poor and hungry every day. He has been fortunate enough to witness some of these people finding their way back into jobs, families, and health.

A card, a meal, a smile, they are small enough things but they can add up to hope.

My daughter was also so proud that they mentioned the items and money her Daisy Scout Troop raised with their drive for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. These donations, along with a Thanksgiving meal in a box, went out to families.

I was able to connect Volunteer 4 Long Island with Family-to-Family. So, in addition to today’s annual project, Volunteer 4 Long Island was also able to bring 70 “Thanksgiving in a Box” meals for families affected by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island–that’s 70 families of 10-14 people…feeding over 700 people! Thanks to the generosity of donors and Bistro 7 in Connecticut, and the efforts of Volunteer 4 Long Island and Family-to-Family, these people who are displaced or without power were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their families.

Here is a story from CBS 2 on what these generous people were able to accomplish!

Children are never too young to start sharing their blessings and learn generosity of spirit.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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