Ifenanya Agwu, Baltimore County Office of Communications – Student Intern
12th Grade, Towson High School Law and Public Policy Program
As the leaves are blowing about the crisp fall air and the Halloween decorations have all been put away, the question on my mind is—when is it going to be Thanksgiving time already? Thanksgiving is that time when I can eat as much of the mouth-watering food my mother and other family members prepare, without judgment. Thanksgiving is that time when I see those family members who I rarely see throughout the year so the catching up we have to do is chaotic yet fun. Thanksgiving is that time when my father invites entirely too many of his friends to come over and join in the festivities, but its perfectly okay. Why? Because it is Thanksgiving and it’s the time to spend with family and friends.
Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. Between the great food, the warm family gatherings, and all of the opportunities around to help a person or family in need, Thanksgiving offers a lot and truly brings out the spirit of giving in many people.
Baltimore County definitely is not lacking in the opportunities to give back during the Thanksgiving season. An excellent way to lend a helping hand is through the “Harvest of Plenty” sponsored by the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM).
UWCM’s 20th Annual “Harvest of Plenty” is a meal program that provides a Thanksgiving meal for families who might otherwise go without one. In 2011, the program supplied more than 2,500 meals and hopes to supply at least 3,000 meals this Thanksgiving. UWCM offers an inexpensive, yet profound means for people to assist with their cause ─ a donation of just $12 can provide a full Thanksgiving meal for a family of six.
So while you’re at the dinner table thinking of what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, imagine what it would be like to have a Thanksgiving without that meal. Then think about the families who would be thankful for your donation towards their Thanksgiving meal.