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KATALYST: Giving Back This Thanksgiving

KATALYST: Giving Back This Thanksgiving
Our Katalyst columnist tells you how you can engage with the community this year as a part of your Thanksgiving traditions.

 

You can picture it, can't you? It's Thanksgiving day, complete with a parade, ugly sweaters, Black Friday planning, kids running around screaming, football, and we can't forget the dinner table that was extended to fit all of those extra seats for family members. More importantly, we can't forget about all of that food. Mom, Grandma and Aunt - insert names here - bake turkeys, pies and mashing potatoes.

 

This is the picture most Americans have of Thanksgiving. It's exactly how it's supposed to be, right?

 

Historically, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the end of the harvest cycle. Both the Europeans and Native Americans had celebrations for the end of harvest, but the Europeans also celebrated their safe voyage and peace. Sounds good, right? Pause for a second. Think about our modern-day "harvests." Each day there are people who struggle to find jobs, and poverty in the United States is at an all-time high - currently 15.1 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. Forty-eight percent of children in Cincinnati live in poverty, and homelessness is still a major concern here in Cincinnati and nationwide. Think about our desire for peace in all of the unrest across the world.

 

There's something powerful in being thankful through trials – all of the ups and downs life brings our way. Continue to celebrate all of the things for which you, your friends and family are thankful. But this year, consider what it would look like if each and every one of us brought a little more peace to the lives of those more in need than us. What if we befriended the unfriendable?

 

This thanksgiving, impact your communities. Here are three simple ways to make a world of difference:
Share food

Share time

  • Join Give Back Cincinnati and City Gospel Mission for Fall Feast, a great way to serve and to get to know your neighbors.

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  • Opportunities in Southwest Ohio to give back abound. Consider getting involved in area homeless shelters like the Drop Inn Center. There's Freestore Foodbank, which helps support local food initiatives, or even places like The Healing Center in Springdale, which provides everything from basic need services like food and clothing to more advanced support like job and financial coaching.
Chris Flores -

Chris is a philanthropic gift planner at The Katalyst Company. Send him an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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