Why giving Thanksgiving groceries can be better than giving the cooked meal

Pitch in and buy some groveries for these working-poor families

Pitch in and buy some groveries for these working-poor families

Last year I attended El Buen Samaritano’s Thanksgiving event, newly titled “Hands for Hope: Thanksgiving Basket Event.” Ivan Davila allowed us to write about it in our first issue.

What makes this event so different from other Thanksgiving meal events is that instead of ladeling out the turkey and all the fixins on Thanksgiving Day, El Buen gives away all of the groceries you need to make a Thanksgiving meal at home. What is that important?

El Buen’s mission is to help working-poor, Hispanic families achieve self-sufficiency, but also to help them assimilate to U.S. culture. For example, in Hispanic families, the wives and mothers traditionally take on the cooking role. Because El Buen hands out groceries not meals, it allows the women to maintain that role in the family, while at the same time exposing her family to a new tradition – turkey leftovers.

Okay, they get to learn about Thanksgiving and gratefulness and gravy, too. This is a great way to share a little of what you have with a family that could sure use a break. Consider donating to El Buen to help them meet their mission on 900 families helped this year.

$20 will provide a family with the necessary trimmings to prepare traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.
$25 will provide a family with a turkey.
$45 will provide a family with a turkey and the necessary trimmings to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

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