It seems that everyone has something special that they look forward to on Thanksgiving. The staff and volunteers at Deliver the Dream, a nonprofit serving children and their families, are no exception! And let’s not forget the generous angels whose charitable contributions have made it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of more than 8,400 individual family members – including children battling cancer, Down syndrome and a range of other challenges that affect them and their families – since we were founded by Pat Moran in 2002.
This time of year, our Deliver the Dream family is no different than any other. You’ll see folks associated with our 17-year old nonprofit children’s charity consulting long lists of all the things that need to be done before the family arrives or all the groceries that need to be bought before the oven is turned on. But as Thanksgiving draws closer and closer and our lists get shorter and shorter, thoughts often turn to cherished memories of celebrations past.
Just the other day, someone was talking about the way the house always fills with the aroma of roasting turkey and the laughter of family and friends. Someone else said it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Aunt Lucy’s creamy corn risotto. And one of the fabulous volunteers who tirelessly donate time to our children’s charity waxed poetic about her cousin’s homemade pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving is late this year; we won’t be carving those turkeys until Thurs., Nov. 28. But once the last piece of pie has been enjoyed and the last goodbyes have been made, the holiday season will begin in earnest. With just a little over three weeks separating Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can expect the holiday season to be even more hectic and stressful than usual this year.
Before we all get caught up in the rush and bustle of the holiday season, we wanted to say thank you – on behalf of the families and especially the children our nonprofit organization serves. We are grateful for all those who donate to charity with their time or treasure.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!