On Saturday we celebrated Thanksgiving with the Homeless in two City parks. :)
I wanted to provide it a little early, since on the actual Thanksgiving day many churches & organizations open their doors to feed the Homeless & this way they all will get two great big meals, instead of just one. :) We fed 77 people altogether & left behind many happy tummies. :) And everyone had a wonderful time. :)
I am so very, very grateful to each & everyone of you who helped in some way or another !! :) It definately takes a village to feed the Homeless. :)
We had 5 huge turkeys, 2 great big trays of stuffing thanks to our dear Hilde, 2 huge pots of mashed potatoes, plus Hilde's famous gravy, one huge pot each of corn & green beans with bacon. Also a big container full of tossed salad, a huge bowl of Jello with fruit & lots of Cool Whip, cookies, chocolates, & bottled water. We also had cranberry sauce, which I forgot about & I realized after I got back home that it was still in my car. :o :)
Thank you Cristina, Rae, & Marianne for roasting the turkeys & thank you Gopal for brining & smoking the other two. Our cars & my home smelled so wonderful all afternoon & evening from the smoked turkeys. :) I kept smelling my hands. :) It was so kind of all of you to take on a project that big !! :)
Thank you Elizabeth & Alberto for donating two of the turkeys for roasting !!
You are always there when I call for your help. :)
Thank you Marianne, Mary Ann, & Sue for helping Hilde & me out in the kitchen, especially at the end when things got a little hectic with loading up, etc. :) You are so appreciated !!
Thank you so much Mary Ann & Marilyn for helping us serve at the parks, we had a lot of food to dish out. :)
Thank you Dave & Linda for providing some of the groceries for the meal & for treating the Homeless with all those Hershey Kisses. :) And thank you Dave for loading up the cars once more & getting us on our way. :) You are our muscle man. ;)
Thank you Rae & Sara for baking 200 wonderful cookies for the occasion & making it so easy for me by putting them in 100 little bags. :) You even borrowed a friends kitchen to be able to make them all. :) The cookies were a big hit. It seems that many of the Homeless have a great big sweet tooth. :) I know the feeling. ;)
Thank you Marilyn for making that huge bowl of Jello with the fruit cocktail, even though you don't like to cook at all. That was such a great gift of yourself !! :)
And thank you each & everyone who donated funds from far & near to make this possible once more !! :) Your Generosity & Kindness touched me deeply & I will write more about all that in the Christmas blog entry.
Once again ................... Kindness is alive in Tucson & in America !! :)
You all are so incredible & I am so humbled by each one of you !! :)