It’s that time of year, where we get together with family, friends, co-workers to celebrate food and all the things and people we have been blessed to have throughout the year. For some though, they don’t have the good fortune to be with family, or maybe they are going through a rough spot and can’t afford to provide a wonderful dinner to those they love.
These are the things of think of each year. How lucky I am to have a family that loves me, friends who want my company and to be in the position to afford food for my table. It was after moving to Saint Louis and not having my family or anyone to celebrate this “ expected happy” time of the year with that I realized how much I took it for granted. The first year there was difficult. I did eventually meet some of the best friends I could ever have, The Claffy’s, who welcomed me into their family and allowed me to join them every year. They treated me as if I were always part of the family and it was the most wonderful feeling to be loved by a family that in honesty didn’t have to.
So, this year, I was sitting with Danny and a conversation started about Thanksgiving plans. And I thought, how many college kids in our area can’t make it home, or how many gamer parents on a tight budget come to his store just so they have a chance to do something together that they can afford. What if we were to have a Thanksgiving dinner where all we ask is that people come, eat and have fun. All would be welcome. We may not be family, but we can be a friend. Danny agreed and supported the idea more than I could have anticipated. He helped with the planning, paid for the food, the supplies, purchased a new microwave, coloring books and crayons for the kids. I couldn’t wait!
We had a full house and it was so wonderful to see families just playing together, kids spending time with other children their own age, and people just hanging out playing games of all kinds. I am so happy that it was a success and so was Danny. He has decided we will do it every year! How awesome is that?
So next year, at Thanksgiving time, you find yourself with no where to go, low on money, or just looking for some great people to spend the holiday with, you are welcome to come : )
Here are some photos from the event. Thank you all who came, helped and made this everything I hoped it could be!