This Thanksgiving, as you are likely planning to indulge (and most of us overindulge, but that’s between us and our gym memberships) in a feast, look for ways to bring abundance into other lives as well.
There are 36.2 million Americans, and more than a billion people worldwide who do not get enough to eat. WHY is a non-profit charity working to end world hunger and poverty. The annual Hungerthon is a radio broadcast each Thanksgiving to bring awareness and appeal for donations (of dollars and/or hours of your volunteering time) to help feed the world. “Imagine There’s No Hunger” is the theme (approved by Yoko Ono who generously allowed John Lennon’s lyric and images to stand for the project). Other giants of the music industry are on board and have donated items for auction to raise money. Some of the big ticket items are: *A signed photograph from Henry Diltz, courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery.
* A signed guitar from Sarah McLachlan, courtesy of Nettwerk Management.
* A signed deluxe box set from The Dave Matthews Band, courtesy of Red Light Management.
* A signed guitar from The Counting Crows, courtesy of The Artists Organization.
* An autographed photo and signed copy of the new album ‘Battle Studies’ from John Mayer, courtesy of Mick Management.
* A signed special edition of “21st Century Breakdown,” courtesy of Green Day.
Bid on these items, make a general donation, and volunteer some time for other events and spreading the word.
It is what being thankful is all about.
Here’s another one for Thanksgiving…
An outdoor products company in Los Angeles is distributing more than one thousand protective tarps to that city’s homeless population for Thanksgiving. Tarpsplus.com will help keep some of the rain and inclement weather off of folks living in the streets—shelters and missions are fuller than they’ve been in ages, homeless rates have skyrocketed, and there aren’t enough indoor spaces or beds for everyone. The street is the only choice for some, and the preference for a few. Soaking wet clothing and dropping temperatures (even Southern California’s relatively mild winter temperatures) are a recipe for hypothermia. a 5′x7′ tarp can genuinely save a life.
The donated tarps will be packaged individually so they can be handed out to one person at a time. Two days before Thanksgiving (that’s this coming Tuesday), the portable protection will be distributed. The waterproof plastic material is recyclable in the same category as soda bottles.
If you are in L.A. and would like to lend a hand…
Tarp distribution day:
Date: Nov. 24, 2009
Location: Los Angeles Mission Inc. 303 E 5th Street , Los Angeles , CA 90013
As we round the bend toward Thanksgiving, this story seems to me to sum that holiday up perfectly.
In Denver, the SAME Cafe (S.A.M.E. stands for “So All May Eat”) is a funky organic eatery with a difference. Anyone who walks through the door is served, whatever the day’s fresh goods seemed like a good fit for the ever-changing menu, and instead of a cash register there is a donation box—you just pay whatever amount you’d like for your meal. Leave a bit extra so those that cannot pay can eat, or pay far less than you know it is worth if you need a little extra help. If you can’t pay at all—and there’s absolutely no judgment if that is the case—you can donate an hour or so of service around the cafe. It’s like when your mom told you if you didn’t have enough money to pay at a restaurant, they’d make you wash the dishes…and here, at SAME, folks are eager and happy to wash the dishes and more.
The philosophy of proprietors Brad and Libby Birky and the rest of the SAME Cafe team is: “everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity.”
Even if you can pay for your meal, drop-in as well as pre-scheduled volunteers are encouraged, so when you next find yourself in Denver, pop in for a great natural meal, and stick around for a while enjoying the camaraderie and family-style welcome as you pitch in some of your time and sweat equity…so all may eat.