Thanksgiving is Here!
Greetings from Classy Living Society
Thanksgiving Day! A day when we traditionally get together with family and friends to celebrate love, enjoy good food and drink (and football!) and the official day to chime in the holiday season. Most of all, it is a day of reflection – to give thanks for the blessings we’ve enjoyed in each of our lives over the past year.
2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges, but also presents opportunities for giving back like never before. Even as the holiday’s celebrations are underway, the fact that many people in our world are less fortunate in many ways remains a stark reality. The year has doled out its share of hardships, job loss, business closings, unemployment, increased homelessness … the list goes on. In contrast, there are many people who have barely missed a beat. For those who are among the latter group, and who are committed to giving back to the community, these times hold the greatest opportunities to do so and to form and celebrate some of the greatest partnerships of community service. While giving back to the community has always been a part of what Thanksgiving is all about, this year, philanthropy means so much more.
Because of the pandemic, the CDC has issued particular guidelines as it relates to the Thanksgiving holiday to slow the spread of COVID-19. Following these guidelines will mean that Thanksgiving this year will look very different for many of us. On the holiday that most people have traditionally celebrated with family and friends, some people will be left to celebrate the holiday alone. Unfortunately, for the senior population in our communities, being alone has become a way of life.
Since we cannot bring our grandparents and other elderly relatives to our holiday – why not bring the holiday to our elderly relatives! A video call, a wave from the end of the driveway, a caravan of relatives driving down their street, a plate of food and flowers left at their front door would mean a lot to them! But what about seniors who do not have family or anyone to cheer them? How can we help them? Many community service organizations are presenting volunteer outreach opportunities to come to the rescue for seniors who are homebound and alone. On Thanksgiving Day, Classy Living Society is participating in a worthwhile outreach to seniors to fill the void of loneliness.
In partnership with Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, CLS has put together a team of members to form a Thanksgiving morning call team! 5000 seniors in the Houston/Galveston area of Texas rely on Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels program each day. Many are homebound and do not have family or friends to visit them on Thanksgiving Day. CLS plans to give them a call between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon to spread holiday cheer, bring joy to their hearts and put a smile on their faces!
As for you…our dear friends and supporters in the community and beyond…we acknowledge that this year has been a challenge for many reasons that are not necessary to articulate. You may have had to reimagine your traditional Thanksgiving holiday to make room for social distancing. You may have suffered illness, loss or other detrimental impact as a result of the year’s events. Whatever your circumstance, if any, on this Thanksgiving holiday, Classy Living Society would like to encourage you that greatness and benevolence still exists in the world. That the days will get better (they always do!). To never give up, but keep pressing ahead. That there is still so much to be grateful for. And that we still abide by these three things: Faith, Hope and Love.
From all of us to all of you – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!