Magazine article The New American

Giving on Thanksgiving

Magazine article The New American

Giving on Thanksgiving

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Thanks to an anonymous donor in central New York, 500 struggling families were able to have a turkey dinner on the table this past Thanksgiving.

YNN reported, "Catholic Charities received a generous donation of 500 turkeys from a donor who wished not to be named." The turkeys were dropped off at the charity's emergency services office, where they were redistributed to 'families who were unable to afford a turkey this year.

"We're always humbled by the generosity of donors, particularly anonymous donors, who just want to make sure that people's needs are met in the community. We see a growing number of folks coming to us every day that are just struggling to make ends meet," said Michael Melara, executive director of Catholic Charities.

Thanksgiving generosity was also seen in Sherwood. Oregon, where runners and walkers participated in the Give N' Gobble event to help put food on the tables of families who would have otherwise been unable to afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

Give N' Gobble drew over 2,000 participants for a 5K walk/run and a 10K walk. According to Give N' Gobble's creator, Cindy Aggson, the idea for the program began when she noticed people running in her neighborhood on Thanksgiving years ago.

"I kept thinking we should all just do it together," she said. "This is a day when everybody thinks, 'I should do something for somebody else,' but soup kitchens can't even take volunteers on Thanksgiving because they have so many."

When Give N' Gobble was created six years ago, the event drew 500 runners and walkers and raised $5,000, which was donated to a local food bank, Sherwood Helping Hands. …

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