Without further ado, your Idiotville feel-good story of the week:
This week’s good news is going to be short but sweet. Thanksgiving has always been a great day for me, personally. For my whole life it’s meant being surrounded by family, food, and football. This year was no different.
We woke up slowly, threw some cartoons on TV for the kids, made a huge breakfast and a pot of coffee, then watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade together.
For Thanksgiving dinner, we drove across the county to meet up with extended family where our kids got rowdy with their cousins. I ate about 14 pounds of dinner, then finished off the kids’ plates and became one with the couch where I watched the Buffalo Bills move one step closer to the playoffs with a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys.
When I pulled into the driveway and turned the car off, I expected to hear some lobbying from the backseat for the usual “one show before bedtime,” but there was none. The glorious silence was broken only by the deep breathing from three little boys who’d each run their tanks out of gas and fallen asleep in their car seats. Hallelujah.
Needless to say, this is not the Thanksgiving everyone experiences. I realize that, and I hurt for all those less fortunate that spend Thanksgiving without a warm dinner on their plate, or – worse – without a warm room in which to sleep.
I hurt for them, but I don’t help them. I don’t donate my time. I tell myself I’m busy, and I go on with life. Now that I’m spelling it out on this screen, it feels quite a bit selfish to secure such a day of abundance for myself and my family while thinking of the struggle of others only in passing.
Thankfully, others are willing and able to step up and fill the void. In fact, thirteen Erie organizations have opened their doors to provide free meals before, during and after this Thanksgiving.
If you know someone in need, they can dial 2-1-1 to find the United Way Helpline, where they can find out exactly when and where free dinners are available.