Be Thankful by Amanda Alexander

http://thewishwall.org/desideri/be-thankful

be-thankful-rustic-thanksgiving-greeting-cardWith Thanksgiving around the corner, I think it is best to talk about being thankful. My wish for people is that they appreciate what is given to them, and get the appreciation back that they deserve.

Thanksgiving is a time when family, friends, neighbors, and everyone comes together to show their appreciation for everything and everyone they have in their lives. My wish is for people to be more receptive to the holiday and take it more seriously. Everyday, people are losing family members, starving, and hurting, but there are still people who do not appreciate all they have.

As a high school senior, I know the stresses that one can go through in life. Us seniors are applying to colleges, getting through school work, planning prom, planning our senior trip, and so much more. It seems stressful, but why can’t we view it as more of an exciting process? I wish people would think positively and make good thoughts out of what they are given in life because no matter what, someone has it worse and those stresses we go through, could be way worse.

I have personally witnessed people being selfish and ungrateful, being disrespectful to teachers and parents, and bossing around their friends. It is around this time of the year that behavior like that truly breaks my heart, since it is a time to be thankful for all that you have. It is a time for family, friends, and happiness, and I hope more people learn to appreciate that, since not everyone has the access to that kind of love.

All together, my wish is for happiness and appreciation for what we have. In the end, we all have so much to be thankful for, and I think it would be amazing if more people could realize that and truly be thankful this season. Not only do I wish for people to BE thankful, I wish people could act upon it, show their appreciation, and do something nice for another person that they are thankful for.

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Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving Time

thanksgiving-a-time-to-give-thanks-dots-facebook-timeline-cover1It is that time of year again for those of us in the US to do what we do best; take time off work, stuff our faces then shop till we drop. Your Thanksgiving celebration more than likely includes a gathering of family & friends, and football, with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings; probably on the verge of gluttony. Many of us have forgotten why the day was established. Its meaning has slowly deteriorated, and is now almost completely lost under a cloud of media hype. Before you pull up to the table to enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving feast, consider the opportunities this day presents to teach children about the important values of Thanksgiving, such as thankfulness, gratitude, and family. Remind them of the history and reason for this day.

Thanksgiving originated to celebrate the first successful Harvest Season. In 1621, the first Thanksgiving Dinner occurred between the Pilgrims and Indians and became a yearly tradition that is celebrated every year in both the United States and Canada. In the earlier years of Thanksgiving it was celebrated on various days throughout the year and it was different from state to state. It wasn’t until Abraham Lincoln made the decision of making it consistent throughout the county for everyone to celebrate on the same day every year in 1863. And in 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt made Thanksgiving a national holiday.

7b9dbd3551ba0bd7aa92aef6fd030bc0In many households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on the menu when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, per the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

This year, as Thanksgiving Day approaches, ponder and consider the many wonderful blessings you enjoy. Before you and your family eat Thanksgiving dinner, or begin watching a parade or football game, be sure to take time to truly be thankful for all the blessings you have been given.  Try to move the spirit of Thanksgiving from a one-day event to a basic life attitude. My wish for your and your family-Be thankful always, not just at Thanksgiving Time.

Mary Beth Iannarella

Girl Talk Marlton/The Wishwall Foundation

www.girltalkmarlton.org

www.thewishwall.org

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Thanksgiving Time  by Langston Hughes

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,

When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,

When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,

It’s Thanksgiving Time!

 

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake

When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,

When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,

It’s Thanksgiving Time!

 

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,

When the Air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,

When one’s appetite craves turkey, and will have no other fowl,

It’s Thanksgiving Time!

THE IMPORTANCE OF KINDNESS By Kailey Gaffney -Senior Leader of Girl Talk Marlton NJ Chapter

http://thewishwall.org/desideri/the-importance-of-kindness/

I have loved helping people and see kindness, in big ways and small, for as long as I can remember. My non-profit organization, Girl Talk in Marlton, NJ, helps me to do that for younger girls who need a helping hand through life.

My youth group has also helped me to do that for my community and people who I don’t even know. In the last 4 years of my life, I have traveled to places like Indianapolis, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, and more with these groups to meet new people and help others, whether it was physically, mentally, or emotionally.

I have made and served lunches for the homeless in Philadelphia, made breakfast for the Ronald McDonald house in Camden, I have volunteered my time to complete strangers, and now am a part of the best thing I could’ve asked to be a part of… the Wishwall. I love helping people, it is something I consider a hobby and I was given this love of helping others at such a young age. I started volunteering locally when I was 12, but now do it all over! It’s something I consider a huge part of me. Volunteering and helping people has made me who I am today.

random-acts-of-kindnessI’ve been told that my gift of helping others expands much farther than physically helping people, but emotionally as well. I am the oldest female teen in my youth group currently, and my youth group is something that I hold a place for in my heart. A lot of my friends in this youth group will always tell me that I’m an older sister figure to them. I love just sitting in the car for hours with my friends just talking, giving them advice and having them tell me how they feel. The look in their eyes when I tell them I’m there for them is a look like no other.

Being someone who didn’t get much help when going through a really rough period of life as a younger girl, I don’t know where or how I exactly got this gift to help people. One thing I know, for sure, is that I am so thankful for it. Making other people happy is what makes me the happiest. Knowing that I am the person people like to go to when they’re feeling down, whether it’s about a breakup with their boyfriend or girlfriend, a family issue, or stress from school and work, it makes me feel good. For some reason I just find so much interest in people confiding in me for help.

However, sometimes, being this way and doing what I do makes me sad.

As much as it makes me feel happy, I know that the people I love the most, are going through struggles I can’t fix for them. Yes, sometimes, just simply being there is enough. But, most of the time, I wish I can do more. I wish that the homeless families in Philadelphia didn’t lose their homes. I wish that my friends, who are such good people, didn’t have to go through the daily struggles they have to go through. I wish cancer didn’t exist and everyone was healthy. I know these things aren’t something I can control, however, it makes me think about it more.

So, what’s my wish? My wish is for healing. Emotional and physical healing. My wish is for people who are feeling down, to get the emotional help they need to get better. My wish is for people who are ill to be able to get the medicine and help from doctors they need to be cured. My wish is for people to heal others, in any way they can, like I have done for so many people over the years, and will continue to do with the rest of my life.

Stop hate, spread love, and do something good for someone today. A simple random act of kindness like holding the door for someone can make someone’s day.

Help others. It’s the best gift you could ever give, and the feeling you get from doing it is the best gift you could ever receive.

Kailey Gaffney of Girl Talk Marlton for the Womens Wishwall

www.girltalkmarlton.org

www.thewishwall.org

Help Fight Hunger in the US

The child who has no certainty of a healthy lunch.

The working poor who cannot afford groceries.

The senior citizen who must choose between food and medicine.

If-you-cant-feed-a-hundred-people-then-feed-just-one.-Mother-Teresa.jpgPer www.dosomething.org, 1 in 6 people in the United States struggles with hunger and 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. Chances are, someone your child goes to school with or someone you know, struggles to get enough to eat every day. In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans! Hunger does not discriminate. It exists everywhere. And it only exists because we allow it.

What can we do?

Collect food outside your supermarket for a local food bank or food pantry.

A food bank is an organization that takes nonperishable food donations and distributes them to agencies or individuals in need of food. With over 925 million people in the world going without proper amounts of food, the need for food banks and donations is at an all-time high. Every community has citizens in need of help when it comes to providing food for themselves and their families. You can help fight hunger by starting a food bank of your own.

A food pantry program is a community-based program that collects and stores food and household products for free distribution to needy people.

A food bank and/or food pantry can be an incredible way to contribute to the community and help those in the area who have fallen on hard times. Consider starting one in your community!

stophunger.jpgThis is my wish; I would like Girl Talk Marlton to start a food pantry. I have already been doing this for the past few years on a smaller scale whenever I can but I would like to kick it up a notch. *Fingers crossed*

Get educated and get involved!

Teach your kids the importance of giving back to their local community and those in need. They can donate their birthday or other special events by asking friends and family to make donations in lieu of buying presents.

hunger_launchVolunteer as a family! Get involved in a community group helping others. My group organizes a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich making night every month and invites all those in the community willing to help. All sandwiches made go to feed the hungry in the local communities. There are many organizations helping the hungry that you can volunteer as a family to help as fits your schedule. It is important to explain to your children that not everyone is as lucky as they are, and those hungry may be their neighbors and friends.

Just as hunger knows no age, neither does fighting it. We all have a role to play in solving hunger. Together we can strive to fight hunger and feed hope! JUST DO SOMETHING!

Mary Beth Iannarella

Girl Talk Marlton/The Wishwall

http://www.girltalkmarlton.org

 

“When a poor person dies of hunger it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

― Mother Teresa