From its origins in Plymouth colony to its modern-day incarnation, Thanksgiving has always been a uniquely American celebration of family and community. It gives us perspective, reminding us of what’s really important. But it’s also a reminder that there are many people who don’t have it so good. And in this regard, it’s a holiday that brings out the best in Americans. Not only does it offer us a chance to share some quality time with our own families, but it also allows people the perfect time to reach out to help those less fortunate.
There are many ways you can help make Thanksgiving brighter for families in need. For example, the Village of Wellington is asking for assistance in making sure no Wellington resident goes without a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Food, gift cards and monetary donations are being accepted through Monday, Nov. 17. Residents are asked to contribute instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and canned vegetables. Food can be dropped off at the Wellington Municipal Complex, the Wellington Community Center, Village Park on Pierson Road, Ultima Fitness, the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 8 Substation and Walgreens in the Wellington Marketplace. Other parts of the meal will be provided through sponsors such as the Wellington Preservation Coalition, Whole Foods Market and Publix. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, call Meridith Tuckwood at (561) 753-2476.
Of course, there are many other way to donate this Thanksgiving. Many local schools are taking part in food drives, often in conjunction with WPTV NewsChannel 5’s well-known Food for Families drive. Also, Royal Palm Covenant Church operates a food pantry all year round, and the church is always looking for food and monetary donations — especially this time of year. Visit www.rpcchurch.com or call (561) 793-1077 to help out.
By working together as a community, we can make the Thanksgiving holiday brighter for those who might otherwise not enjoy the bounty of a holiday feast.