Why Thanksgiving is more than a bountiful feast


Thanksgiving quoteMany of us are prepping for our Thanksgiving feast, joined by our loved ones around the table. As we reflect on what we are grateful this time a year, I am reminded of the generous community that wraps their love around our children, youth, and families. For the children and youth we serve, they cannot live with their families. The holidays can be especially disheartening and depressing for our children at Hillsides, recalling why they can’t spend it with families. Our families in crisis struggle during this time of financial stress as they decide how to put food on the table and fulfill wishes for their little ones.

Year after year we are so appreciative of what you do to create a festive ambiance in the warm and nurturing homes we provide them. From staff who go above and beyond to keep our children safe and guide youth in managing their behavior to donors like you who extend from your bountiful table to ours, we continue to create lasting changes to those we serve.

As I sit around the table tomorrow, I will be filled with gratitude to know you are among our Hillsides family. Thank you for providing the extras our children and youth need. Thank you for bringing the Thanksgiving feast to our families who are most in need and for adopting them during the holidays.

As you sit around the table to count your blessings, please consider extending a thought of gratitude for the ability you have to help us bring hope and healing to our children, youth, and families.

While this time of year we review our blessings and year-end contributions, I ask you to also consider giving a gift that will create an ongoing environment conducive to healing and recovery. We need to raise $10,000 for new furnishings beyond repair, a new coat of fresh paint, and window coverings. Consider giving a gift this #GivingTuesday, December 1, that shows you value their healing and recovery. Help us create an environment that is joyful this holiday season.

 This year’s Thanksgiving feast will be more than a bountiful display of nourishment, it will be a display of restored hope, therapeutic healing, and inspired giving.

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