“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
On Thursday, November 26th, you’re most likely going to be watching the Thanksgiving football games, enjoying a delicious home cooked feast and afterwards taking a long nap on the couch. And why not? You work hard and you deserve to spend time with the ones you love.
Unfortunately, many families this year will not be enjoying the wonder of modern appliances such as TV, ovens, comfortable couches or even warm homes. According to The Atlantic,
“Kids went hungry in just 1.2 percent of U.S. homes last year. That comes out to 977,000 Americans under 18.”
I highlighted the word “just” to draw attention to the casual absurdity of this statement. It’s evident that the author of this article, titled “Does America Have a Hunger Crisis” has never starved in his life, albeit for a few hours. If just one person in America is starving at any time, there is a massive problem.
The point of Thanksgiving, as Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently put it, is to accentuate our gratitude.
There’s nothing wrong with rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and stuffing your face with, well, stuffing (both of which I’ve done since I was five). Before then, however, things were different. I was never homeless, thanks to the hard work of my single mother, but we certainly weren’t financially comfortable during my childhood.
This fall, Glenn Hyundai in Lexington has teamed up with God’s Pantry to help feed Kentucky families in need. From now until December 18th, you can help to put food on the tables of some wonderful people.
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.
Those who donate are eligible to receive an oil change and a free car wash at the Glenn Hyundai service center for $19.95.
Qualifying donations include:
- Canned Foods with Pop-Top Lids
- Canned Vegetables (Low Salt)
- Low Sugar Applesauce
- Granola Bars
- Low Sugar Cereals
And much, much more…
There’s a reason that humility is one of Glenn Hyundai’s core values. That reason is that there are still so many who find themselves on the outside looking in. Let us use the holiday season to understand the less fortunate in Lexington and beyond, then go one step further by lending a helping hand. While the dates of this God’s Pantry hunger drive are November 5th to December 18th, the sooner that we can all pitch in the better.