Tuesday, November 05, 2013

EDITORIAL >> Thanksgiving feast for all

It’s that time of year again when everyone, or almost everyone, starts planning their holiday festivities.

It’s important to try to keep in mind those who are less fortunate, whose food stamps may have been cut, or who have fallen into recent misfortune, sickness, loss of a job or death of a loved one. It’s easy to forget that they are there. But they are, and they don’t have bootstraps.

Several groups and churches in The Leader’s coverage area are gearing up now to help alleviate holiday anxieties and help the needy over the hump.

One notable event is the annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast organized by Heather and Dane Moore with help from loyal volunteers. This year’s will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 at the Cabot Church of Christ. Organized primarily to feed the community’s hungry, the dinner is open to anyone who does not have Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner has also drawn the bereaved and those who have recently been befallen by tragedy.

One family attended last year after their house burned down. They had no place to go for Thanksgiving.

Because the dinner is free, donations of food and cash are needed. Last year’s dinner served 500. For more information or to make a donation, call 501-259-3799 or visit www.cabotfeast.com.

Many organizations, including the Lonoke County Christmas Coalition, have plans to make the holidays pleasant for children and families. Food banks such as Fishnet Missions are always in need of donated food, which they distribute as fast as it comes in, no questions asked. Many churches have soup kitchens.

If you can help out, it will be much appreciated in many, many quarters. Your reward comes later.