Okay, we're still in October, but you know after Halloween, everything's going to be in full gear for the holidays.  

And yeah, it can be tough to get it all organized.  The food, the travel, the gifts... it can be easy to get swept up in all of it.  But Thanksgiving coming up like it is gives us a chance for a bit of reflection.  You hear it every year, that we should be thankful for what we have and for who we have.

To me, being truly thankful is to show appreciation.  And you can do that by helping others who are less fortunate this Thanksgiving. I can picture it now: a young family, parents working two jobs to try to provide for some little ones.  They're barely getting by and skipping meals as it is, they don't have the opportunity to host a big Thanksgiving dinner.  But you can help.

The Open Door Service Center is taking donations now for their Thanksgiving Bags. If you haven't heard of these, they're basically Thanksgiving meal kits for residents of Pettis County that are in need of a little help.  Here's what they need:

Corn/green beans
Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry sauce
Pies/pie filling

Basically what I would do is, if you're going to go shopping for your holiday meal, just pick up an extra can or bag or two of a few items.  Gonna grab a bag of instant mashed potatoes? Why not grab two? Box of stuffing?  Sure, it doesn't have to be the name brand.  Cranberry sauce? Of course.  They're taking the donations until November 17th, so they have time to get the boxes organized and handed out before the actual holiday.  You can drop off donations at The Pantry, 111 West 6th Street.  Find out more on their Facebook page or on their website, but you can also call with questions at 827-1613.

Turkily yours,

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