Thursday is a national holiday in the US: Thanksgiving.
This year, I am in charge of the community dinner, which will feed around 200 people.
It’s my first time doing this. At first, I thought we could make things a little smaller, but the community is so enthusiastic about it, we’ll have to do the whole banana. Even the entire university football team is coming!
Historically, community Thanksgiving dinners have been for “those who have nowhere to go.” I have been in that group: It is a real drag! It’s also a dilemma: Somehow, going to the dinner for ones with nowhere to go makes the loneliness more difficult, even though the intent is good.
I am already thinking that I want to change this up for next year: A real event. Instead of buying all the stuff, cooking for three days and cleaning up, come party with us! If there are just two of you and you would like something a bit festive, come on in!
This idea is inspired by one family who is doing just that. Normally, they go out to the local truck stop for Thanksgiving, but they decided that it would be more fun to come join the community meal and help out.
The football team also inspires this. They won their playoff game and are headed to the finals, so they had to stay in town. It will be so much fun to have them.
Then, there are people who have stepped up to help by volunteering, donating and cheering us on.
This year’s dinner will be festive indeed; next year’s?
The party everyone wants to attend!