November is a time of cooler weather, lots of food, and most importantly, giving thanks! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It is a relaxing holiday to spend with family and friends, and it allows everyone to share what they are thankful for each year. My husband and I both come from large families that are all based in Jacksonville, which means, we eat basically all day! We start at my parents’ house for lunch. It is a bit more casual with the football games and parade going, tables popped up wherever they can fit, and each of us making our signature dish. Then, we are off to my husband’s Thanksgiving feast. This one is a bit more formal with everyone eating at the dining room table and, although it is supposed to start at 4:00, we are lucky if the food is ready by 6:00. We are always thankful we’ve already eaten beforehand! Finally, if we can move off the couch, we stop by our dear friends’ home as they are finishing up dinner. We stay for the bon fire and enjoy lots of laughter to end the day.
During the month of November, the school will be collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets and gift cards to grocery stores for our own school families. We have about 40 families in our Christian Community that we would like to donate a Thanksgiving meal to this year, and it is only through your generosity that we can make this possible. Canned goods, stuffing, jars of gravy, or any other non-perishables are greatly appreciated. Gift cards will then be given for families to purchase turkeys and other fresh items. You can always purchase gift cards through our SCRIPS program, or from the main office where we currently have Publix gift cards available. Please send gift cards in an envelope labeled “Thanksgiving Drive”.
Again, I thank you so much for the generosity you’ve already shown this year! Our school is very blessed to have each of you as part of our Christian Community. I look forward to the holiday cheer that this time of year brings about and wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!