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posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:12 AM by fathermark@stmaryshuntingburg.org

 

Thanksgiving Day

 

Thanksgiving day was first celebrated as a harvest festival.  It is a holiday to express gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation to God, family and friends.  In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.  The first thanksgiving is believed to have been celebrated at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621.  On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law declaring Thanksgiving a National Holiday and making it the fourth Thursday in November. 

 

Find a way to say “Thank you!”

 

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.—Philippians 1:3

 

The economy is bad.  Many people have lost their jobs and find themselves in a position where extras aren’t possible.  The poor are among us.  As the Indians shared with the pilgrims, we can follow their foot steps of generosity and compassion by sharing with those in our communities. 

 

The food banks are in need of your donations.  The food banks rely solely on donations.  Use of the food banks has increased with the state of our economy.  Please consider donating food and/or money to the local food banks. 

 

Shared Abundance is the food pantry located on Fourth Street in Huntingburg.  You may drop donations by on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00-4:00pm, Friday from 12:30-4:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to noon.  Currently St. Mary’s is holding a food drive through the month of November.  Bring your food items to church and drop them in the boxes.

 

The Community Food Bank is located on Meridian Street in Jasper by the St. Vincent DePaul drop box.  They provide food to any resident who lives in Dubois County.  You may drop off food on Monday from 1:00-3:00pm, Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to noon.   Contact Amanda Drew for any questions. 

 

You may also want to consider donating your time.  They welcome volunteers and can always find a job for you to do.  Even children can help out at the food bank.   Youth groups and scouts are frequently seen working on food drives.  You may want to consider volunteering with your family.   It’s a wonderful way as a family to help others.

 

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough” Oprah Winfrey

 

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step  toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  Brian Tracy

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

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