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Monday, November 17, 2008

Let's Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And, while we are so blessed with wonderful families and plentiful tables, there are many many people who are not as fortunate living right in our neighborhoods. In an effort to stamp out hunger, please consider donating food or your time to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.

Senior hunger is, heartbreakingly, reaching epidemic proportions in our country. Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to deliver food to shut-ins, namely the elderly, on Thanksgiving Day. This meal-delivery service provides a once-daily meal to those who are house-bound and have no means of getting their own food. Further, volunteers for Meals on Wheels are often the only human contact available for seniors who are alone and have no family or friends to visit them. So, a friendly face goes a long way.

I realize Thanksgiving is a family-gathering kind of day, but if you live far from family and, like me, have decided NOT to sell a kidney in order to afford flying home, please visit the Meals on Wheels website at http://www.mowaa.org/Page.aspx?pid=183 and offer your time...and your car...to this very important cause.

In the DC area, the DC Central Kitchen is always in need of turkey donations so they can supply a nice hot turkey dinner to the hundreds of homeless people they service. You can even make a "virtual" turkey donation on their website, http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/.

If you live in LA, check out the LA Regional Food Bank at http://www.lafightshunger.org/ and see how you can help feed needy families in the Los Angles area. For west-siders, please visit www.mealsonwheelswest.org for volunteer opportunities in and around Santa Monica. And, in NYC, go to http://www.citymeals.org/support_landing?origin=ggmealsonwheels.

Everybody deserves a meal...at least one meal...everyday. Especially on Thanksgiving.