Gobble, Gobble



Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?? In about a week and a half, many of us will be sitting down with our families for time-honored traditions such as carving the turkey, drawing outlines of our hands and decorating them like turkeys, and watching football until we catch “the itis”. But unfortunately, this won’t be the case for everyone – especially in this economy. The food banks are expecting unprecedented numbers of families in need again this year and are counting on those of us who are able to share. What can you do? Lots of organizations around the area are making it easy for you to start DoinGood for families around Atlanta for the holiday season. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up:

*Can I take a moment to give Radio One Atlanta some props? I’m loving the way they’re supporting the community! They came out big-time when the September floods happened and they’re doing it big again for Thanksgiving. MONDAY Nov 16th, Majic 107.5/97.5, Hot 107.9, Praise 102.5 will all be broadcasting live from South Dekalb Mall for their 1st Annual Thanksgiving/Turkey Challenge, benefiting friend to the community Hosea Feed the Hungry. HFTH’s goal this year is to provide 3,000 turkeys to families this holiday season. Yes yall, that’s a lot of turkey sammiches. Radio One Atlanta and DJ Drama are challenging the entertainment community, local celebs, and anyone who’s a neighbor to anyone else to support the cause either in-person at the mall, by calling the station to pledge a donation, or by visiting http://www.hoseafeedthehungry.com and donating on the web. Good luck meeting your goals, Radio One!

*Both Kroger and Publix are hosting Holiday Food Drives. Publix, where shopping is always a pleasure for me, has revamped their holiday food drive for ’09. This year instead of buying the pre-bagged selection, you can choose a tear-slip at the register for $4.90, $9.88 or $10.47 and the cashier will add the amount to your purchase. Kroger kicks off their canned food drive on Sunday Nov 15th. Wow, that’s today! Scan an icon at the register to donate a dollar (or five) or go green and buy a $2 Reach Out, Reuse, and Reduce Hunger tote bag to support the cause. Easy-peasy since you’ve got to get groceries anyway…and running through the end of the year.

*The Center for Family Resources buddies up with Cobb Co’s Department of Family & Children’s Services to give Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. Last year, The CFR provided 1,370 baskets to families in the area and in the first half of 2009, they saw an almost 50% spike in help needed. Why not pick up a few extra cans/boxes of food while you’re prepping your menu for your family? The CFR is holding a food drive to fill up those baskets with items such as canned veggies, dressing mix, $15 grocery store gift cards (to buy the bird), and cranberry sauce. The next Food Drive Drop Off Date is Monday Nov 23 9-4 at the Cobb County Civic Center. Got time to volunteer? Sign up to help sort items, pack baskets, and distribute on Nov 23 and/or Nov 24!

Stay tuned @DoinGoodinATL for more. I’m still in the midst of finalizing my Thanksgiving volunteering plans. Anybody out there volunteering on Turkey Day?


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