A Time for More Than Thanks
Holidays are a time for family, food, and sharing. Among the many stories in our community, we have a very special one this season that we hope warms your heart.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Amanda Holland, one of our Staff Accountants, served on the Leadership Committee of The Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner began on Thanksgiving Day eighteen years ago, and Amanda has been involved ever since. This year, The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is coordinated out of the First Church of God, served over two thousand five hundred people in our area. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner gives a place for folks to gather around a table and share a meal so they do not have to be alone. The meal is open to anyone who can benefit from it, whether it is a family that does not have the means to provide a meal, a person that otherwise would be spending the holiday alone, or folks who are serving the community through their jobs and do not have the opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family. Meals are delivered to various hospitals for employees and others in waiting rooms, to public housing communities, to city personnel who are protecting and serving, to homeless tent cities around town, to home-bound senior citizen centers, and to many others. Knowing so many families were fed this holiday due to such great effort is definitely worth sharing, just as Amanda and her family have shared on this day for many years. How does it make her feel to be a part of this effort? According to Amanda, “This project means a lot to me and my family. My parents began this project when I was in middle school, and it is all I have known of Thanksgiving ever since. I would know no other way to spend the day. It is great to now see my niece and nephew being involved at a young age, as well as all the other volunteers from all over the Greater Hickory area.”
Please consider volunteering for The Community Thanksgiving Dinner next year or for a community outreach program over the upcoming Christmas season such as one of the local soup kitchens or the Salvation Army. Chances are it will inspire you and make your heart smile!