Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? With some of the best traditions of any holiday, Turkey-day is quite honestly a favorite of mine and millions of others. So, because I like to be a little cheesy, I wrote a little song about what Thanksgiving is about—or what I would like to make sure it really is about, for me and hopefully for anyone who reads it.
Bear with me a little, and try and read what I’ve written with the tune, “My Favorite Things,” from The Sound of Music in your head. (I told you it was a little cheesy, but what can I say, I’m in a bit of a bubbly, pre-holiday state of mind.) And I wish you great family fun and warmth all through the holiday season!
A Few of My Favorite Thanksgiving Things
(Sung to the tune of that Sound of Music song you’ll now have a hard time getting out of your head. Sorry!)
Turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce
Watching some football, who won and who lost?
Quality family time, come sit and eat,
These are some important Thanksgiving treats…
Children with plates piled so high with food,
Cheek pinching relatives add to the mood.
Festivity and a holiday charm
It’s what makes Thanksgiving ever so warm.
Wait a minute! Just one second!
Think I forgot one thing more.
There’re people out there who don’t have what we have,
We must think of them, that’s for sure
Soup kitchens, shelters, no family this year
Those hit by Sandy, both far and so near.
What can we do to bring help to them all?
Even small gestures can break down some walls.
Find out what’s needed at local food pantries
Paper goods, canned food, or gift cards—why can’t we?
People hit hard on the Eastern Seaboard,
The Isle of Staten and the Jersey Shore.
Breezy Point, Oceanside, Lower Manhattan
Rebuilding homes, and their lives—make it happen!
What can we do at this time of the year?
I’ve got suggestions, for you never fear!
Food Bank of Westchester, bring them some bounty.
Or the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
It’s time to do more than just ‘talk the talk’!
I’ve written lots ‘bout the fire department—
Of Breezy Point, the whole neighborhood’s hurtin’.
Here are two ways that you can help them out.
A Disaster Relief fund and via Facebook.
Here is their info too.
For New Jersey Shore Points’ assistance, I’ve heard
The RAINE Foundation can direct you.
Here is another great organization:
Occupy Sandy had a great realization.
‘Let’s be a clearing house resource to all,
We’ll funnel those people who heed the call!”
People who want to help with the recovery
Check in with that group, find out in a hurry
Exactly where your help is needed the most,
Wherever your heart leads along all the coast!
These are simply
For doing something,
A tradition to add to your holiday plans
Compassion’s our Favorite Thing!
Be sure to add in the comments any suggestions for local resources to help those in need in your community, or to let Patch readers know what you’re doing to assist others this Thanksgiving.