Season of Giving
A couple weeks ago after the cashier at Albertson's finished ringing up the last of my grocery items, he explained that I had spent enough money to receive a free 24 lb. turkey. Yay! I didn't plan on cooking it, but immediately thought about giving it to a needy family. I tried to scope out people in the parking lot, but didn't felt led to give it away quite yet.
Yesterday, I called our church to see if they could use the turkey for the Thanksgiving meals they are providing to people in the community. Nope! I then asked God to guide me in giving it away to the right person. I posted an ad on Craig's List offering the turkey to someone in need. Within minutes several people were interested. I promised the turkey to the first person who requested it who planned to take it over to Juarez, Mexico with his church. Before I had a chance to delete the post a couple more wrote inquiring about the bird. One lady said she was a single mom with three kids and really interested. Unfortunately, I had already given the turkey to someone else, but how could I say no to her? I quickly called Tim and asked him if we could provide her family with a Thanksgiving meal and he gave me the go.
I asked her for a complete list of everything they desired for their meal, and all she wanted was a Turkey and stuffing for her ten family members. She was extremely grateful! That afternoon, Tim, Adeline, and I went to the grocery store to purchase her Thanksgiving dinner. We bought a turkey (of course), gravy, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, yams, cranberries, pumpkin pie, carmel pumpkin cake mix, and drinks.
We drove for about 30 minutes to reach her house near the border. She met us outside with several kids following behind her. We all introduced ourselves and carried in her groceries. The woman was overly thankful and the kids were excited, too. As we were leaving she told us that God would bless us, and I explained to her that He already had and we were happy to bless them. She said He would bless us abundantly more now and that she would be praying for our family. After we left she sent me a text message full of thanks explaining that if it weren't for us her children would have gone without Thanksgiving dinner.
Thank you, Lord, for putting this family in our path! Help us to always remember how blessed we are, especially during the holidays, and give us the desire to share all you've provided for us. We praise you for guiding us in starting this new family tradition with our Adeline! To many more Thanksgiving meals to come!
What are some of the ways you've given or plan to give this holiday season?
11/22/2013 09:59:50 pm
Ashley,Tim and Addie. What a wonderful way to start Thanksgiving. We are all getting together at Corby's for Thanksgiving what better way to celebrate being thankful than to spend it with Family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love Aunt Jean
11/23/2013 12:32:42 pm
11/24/2013 04:13:48 am
That would be wonderful. The kids would love being with Addie. Love Aunt Jean
11/24/2013 08:34:38 am
Uncle Scott and I will do the usual-- deliver Turkeys for the Salvation Army to families in Fort Worth. Have a great Thanksgiving in Tucson.
11/25/2013 10:31:23 am
That's great about giving your turkey to someone in need,very nice gesture. I'm looking forward to the holidays,as I used to when I was much younger. Being a parent,as you both know is the best,nothing can compare when their healthy and happy,like our Addie. I would just change 2 ,actually 3 things, and then everything would be perfect for me this year. What a surprising ending this year took. Than God for all your help.
11/25/2013 10:37:48 am
I also one of the most important things I'm going to do. A neighbor just stopped by and reminded me again not to stress out about Thanksgiving, It will be very informal. Some people that aren't lucky enough to have family with them. Eat a good meal,play a few games,watch football(Steelers are playing Baltimore)- Enjoy a great Thanksgiving and have fun while your here in tucson.
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