The word Thanksgiving means "expression of gratitude, especially to God". It is a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
This Thanksgiving season, consider cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" and give back to others in one of these six ways.
1. Donate to a local food drive. Collect non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and hygienic items such as shampoo, soap, & toothpaste. Local collection sites:
St. Mary's Church in Brush - Holiday Food Drive (Nov-Jan) - for "The Community Cupboard" in Brush
Washington County Connections in Akron - Year-round donations - located on 1st Street, Akron, CO
2. Support a Seminarian. There is, perhaps, no better way of expressing our gratitude to our priests than by helping pass on their legacy of pastoral ministry to the priests of tomorrow. Be assured that your gift will serve a twofold purpose: expressing gratitude for today's priests and encouraging seminarians on their path to the priesthood. Please visit sjvrm.orgto donate today. Thank you.
3. Spend time with seniors. Some seniors may be unable to leave their homes or travel, which leaves them to spend the holidays alone. Consider making time for an elderly neighbor or delivering Thanksgiving dinner to a senior in your community. Many communities also have senior care facilities who would welcome a visit.
4. Be Thankful. Say a prayer for someone you know, a person on the parish prayer list, or a general intention. Help your kids make a "thankful weave placemat" for your table, and write what they are grateful for on each slip. Supplies needed for the placemat: cardstock (various colors), scissors, marker, double-sided tape.
5. Volunteer at your church. The holidays are a busy time, and this is true for the church. Whether participating in the parish life of your church at a one-time function or on a regular basis, helping others helps kindle happiness –and supports your parish community. 6. Enjoy time with friends and family.Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reach out to friends and family you may have lost touch with. Sharing memories and providing a supportive ear are great ways to help others, and reconnect with loved ones.