Thankful to be a Part of the Detroit Community This Thanksgiving
Up until this year, I have spent my Thanksgiving in rather traditional ways. Family gathering, turkey, football, the usual. This year my family has been through a lot of uncertainty, loss and difficulty. Through all of this, I was able to kind of step back and think about the same question that many young children are posed in school this holiday season: what am I thankful for?
Somewhere in the middle of life, between painted hand-shaped turkeys and scrambling to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, I really lost the meaning of it all. This year when I thought about it, I realized that I am thankful for my family, our health and the blessings that we have this holiday season. I really wanted to be able to do something to give back, to volunteer and to show my appreciation for this community.
I decided to organize an event for Wayne State Law School to get together and make the Thanksgiving meal for Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. It took a lot of work and sacrifice of time and energy on our part, but I cannot think of a better way to express thanks for my blessings and being a part of the Detroit community.
Volunteering time during the holidays is a great way for families or groups to bond, and to get an appreciation for the important things in life.
With many of us in Michigan experiencing hard times, it can be difficult to see through to what we really have to be thankful for. But if you take a step back you can probably think of many different things you are thankful for this holiday season.
I leave you with the same question that I asked myself: What are you thankful for? What are you blessed with this holiday season?