Remember those in need this Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving 2012 will probably not be that much different than the past 149 thanksgivings this nation has observed, yet we should all pause a minute to reflect on our blessings.
Historians tells us that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states, but not on a single day. That did not occur until 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Today, it is a day to gather with family and friends. It is a day of a feast, football, laughter and catching up on old times. For some, it is mapping out plans for shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. However, not everyone will celebrate it as much as others.
We should count our blessings, but at the same time think of those less fortunate and vow to do what we can to help them through the many food, toy and clothing drives that dominate this time of the year.
Residents of Porterville have much to be thankful for, but we also have scores of people in need. Far too many people are searching for a meal today. Far too many families are facing Christmas with no means to provide their children presents. Far too many cannot even afford a roof over their heads.
Yes, count your blessings, but remember those less fortunate and seek out those many agencies working to brighten the holiday for others. Look in this newspaper for how you can help. Your help is needed and by providing even just a little assistance, you will give someone else or an entire family a reason to also be thankful.