‘Tis the season for giving and being thankful.  We all like receiving but do we give enough?  Do you pass the homeless on the street  because you don’t have any change or do you buy a him a meal?  Many of us don’t think we have the time or opportunity to give back, but we can start with very small acts of kindness, there is no such thing as giving too little.

I had the most amazing and life changing experience last thanksgiving.  My husband volunteered as a delivery driver for a Thanksgiving food drive with Hosea Feed the Hungry.   On Thanksgiving day they occupied Turner Field and set up many free services for the homeless and needy such as clothes, haircuts and salon services and most of all free hot meals.   I decided to join him and I was glad that I did.   Our assignment was to deliver meals to 8 homes.

With him at the wheel and me as the navigator, we made our way to the first house.  What I saw left me speechless-never have I  encountered such poverty.   I know that poverty exists, I just didn’t know until I saw it with my own eyes.   We knocked on the door and waited.  A tired woman, whose face showed all the struggles and tribulations of her life, came to the door.   We announced that we were here to deliver a meal and her eyes lit up.    She burst into a sort of prayer, repeating over and over “Thank God Hosea remembered me, I thought they forgot about me this year”   I stood there shell shocked and speechless while my husband did all the talking.

We delivered meals to 7 other homes that day, including to 2 blind elderly that lived alone, and with each knock on the door it became apparent that I was fortunate.   I’ve never wanted for food, clothing, shelter or love.   I had no reason to ever complain.

We were finished with our delivers around 2 pm and headed home to our Thanksgiving meal.  Never was I more grateful for the spread that was prepared.   I was up in arms about not finding the perfect piece of lamb for my Thanksgiving table so I  settled on salmon instead, yes settled…I ate my meal and never had a second thought about the lamb.  I was so just grateful to have food.  I was never more aware of how lucky I was than at that moment.

So for all of us that complain about not having enough food, be thankful that you have food.  Or not enough new, trendy clothes, be thankful that you have clothes that you can afford to buy.  Look around you and just be thankful for all that you have.

Today I’m saying thank you to all of you who visit my blog and leave comments..or don’t.  I am giving away to one lucky reader a vintage printed halter apron.*

It’s my very first giveaway so I’m super excited.  The rules are simple:

1. Answer this question by leaving the answer in the comment section:

What are you most thankful for?

2.  Become a fan of my Facebook

Unfortunately this contest is only open to US residents.   One random winner will be selected on Wednesday, November 24th.   Good luck!

*This apron is from Pier 1, but they have no idea who I am nor have any part in this giveaway.