Blog: 5 December 2013
The day before Thanksgiving was a very rainy day. As I do every morning on our early morning commute, I asked my 4-year-old son what he was thankful for. Most mornings (even when it’s sunny), he complains about the weather, so I braced for a cranky response. But he surprised me: “I’m thankful for the rain, because it means there will be a rainbow.”
For many who live in poverty, holidays are “rainy” days—times when the scarcity of resources, of family members, and of joy is exacerbated. The holidays can be stressful times at UrbanPromise, as we don’t always know if we’ll have enough to make the holidays special for our children and their families. But because of your support, UrbanPromise was able to make a difference at Thanksgiving for over 1,000 people.
Our amazing volunteers and staff created beautiful Thanksgiving meals for 600 people over 3 nights at UrbanPromise’s sanctuary. Children and families ate, laughed, and celebrated community during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
Thanks to Touch New Jersey (a Philabundance site), we distributed 100 turkeys with all the trimmings to families so that they could make a Thanksgiving meal at their homes.
On Thanksgiving day, a wonderful volunteer delivered 250 hot Thanksgiving platters to UrbanPromise. These delicious meals (including every kind of pie imaginable) were a very generous donation from Venice Catering in Pitman, NJ.
Helpers showed up on Thanksgiving to deliver those platters to people who otherwise wouldn’t have had a Thanksgiving—those at shelters, elderly people without family, and those without ovens. Morjean, one of our former StreetLeaders, drove through Camden’s neighborhoods on Thanksgiving night with 10 leftover platters, looking for people on the streets who may not have had a meal. He didn’t have to look far, and the response he received was deeply moving. It was a response full of surprise, hope, and joy—the response upon seeing a rainbow.
Thank you for making that happen for so many this Thanksgiving.