Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. The smell of all that good food cooking makes me very happy, and I’m in such a good mood I’ll even try that pie with the gluten-free crust (which, by the way, turned out to be very tasty).
It’s really easy to get swept up in the holiday fervor of commercialism each year, and the Thanksgiving holiday comes just in time to help us (if we let it) remember what real holiday spirit means.
My friends at Pacifica Institute Utah (a Muslim service group founded by Turkish Americans) wanted to get together with a bunch of their friends and help the community out this Thanksgiving. Zeynep (the one on the left) was trying really hard to find something we could do, but she told me her happy problem – so many families this year were giving back to their communities through volunteering, that it was really hard to find more service opportunities. Luckily, one of our favorite neighborhood help groups – the Lied Club of Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake – was able to use us.
The Boys and Girls Club gives a wonderful environment of safety and security to kids and teenagers who really need it. We also found out that this would most likely be the only chance these kids would have to really enjoy a sit-down, classy Thanksgiving dinner. So of course Zeynep got right on top of things and brought together a crew of volunteers (from Christian to Buddhist and everything in between) to help out. We cooked a huge meal, fed a passel of kids, and there were plenty of leftovers so the Boys and Girls Club could enjoy what a lot of other families look forward to – turkey sandwiches!
You can read more about it here.
Having a sit-down dinner with family and friends is a pretty cool thing, and it’s only made better when you share it.