If you are lucky, you are spending this week thinking of all the wonderful things Thanksgiving will bring. For most people, it's a day of tradition, overeating and spending time with family. and friends. But there are a lot of folks who don't have that. Not Thursday, not ever.
Consider taking some time out Thursday to help Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (482-6944). They always need help at the holidays, whether it is taking a hot meal to someone's home (and spending some time with them while they eat it), helping out at one of the hot meal sites, baking a pie or donating a check. It's something every one of us can do, even when we are busy, and it means a great deal. A list of Thanksgiving sites and times can be found on the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly website at houghton.littlebrothers.org.
There are also people, many without family members, who will spend Thanksgiving recuperating in a hospital. They may welcome a visit from a stranger. Take a book to read to them or, if the hospital allows it, take a child with you. It will be good for the whole family.
If you are preparing the Thanksgiving meal this year, keep your eye out for those who have nowhere to spend the holiday and invite them to spend it with you. Food is usually plentiful and often the conversation is more interesting when there are those at the table whose stories you have not heard every year.
Whatever you do, have a memorable and wonderful Thanksgiving this year.