Last week I helped make Thanksgiving possible for a lot of under privileged families all over Jacksonville. We did this because we need to experience the giving part of Thanksgiving and not just celebrating it with our family, but making it possible for every family throughout Jacksonville. Some of the people we delivered to didn’t even have any food in their refrigerators and it makes me value Thanksgiving more because I know that I should give thanks for everything I have. We live in a society where we don’t know what is going on around us. Everyone should become more aware of hunger so the community can stop it before it starts.
Delivering Thanksgiving meals to under privileged people around Jacksonville definitely enhance my Thanksgiving celebrations. The experience made me embrace the whole holiday more and find its inner meaning. The delivery that I found meaningful was when we went to a woman’s apartment and dropped off food there that she would distribute to her family and other families. I found it meaningful because even though they didn’t have much, they still wanted to give as much as possible. That is what Thanksgiving is really about.
There is a verse in Isaiah that says,”If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” The mitzvah trip we participated in relates to the verse because we offered food to the hungry and the verse says that if you offer food to the hungry, you will basically be rewarded by God. I think we already were rewarded by God because we all got to have nice Thanksgiving dinners with our families and we don’t know what it’s like to be hungry. Happy Thanksgiving!