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Thanksgiving In The Early Days

A huge thanks to the folks from the Methodist Church, Done Right Handyman Services, and everyone else who helped us! We now have enough turkeys for our Thanksgiving gift boxes and Thanksgiving dinner. (But please don’t stop yet, as we plan to do even more at Christmas, and it is guaranteed not to go to waste :).

Silver City has always been a very generous community.

My dad told me stories about the Great Depression and their holiday celebrations.

In those days, my family had a blacksmith shop/gas station/garage/corrals over on Arizona Street, and around the holidays, all of the old timers used to come in for supplies and to be around folk.

There wasn’t much cash money and not that much to buy from the stores except essentials, but they had things. Things like gardens and tools and know-how and the motivation to work.

And everyone was pretty generous with these things, with neighbor helping neighbor and friend helping friend.

When these old-timers came in, they always had a turkey or two, usually some venison. A few people would make up tamales, and canned grape jelly and pickles would be opened. Beans and coffee were always on the back of the stove, and anyone who wanted some would help themselves.

All the tables would be set up, and a giant feast would ensue with laughter, jokes, and pranks played around. Anyone who wanted to partake was welcome, and afterward, they would squat around the old pot-bellied stove, swapping stories.

And just like in the early days, I want to keep that tradition alive at the Gospel Mission.

Our Thanksgiving feast will be held on Thanksgiving day, with dinner being served at noon, and all are welcome!

* If you are hungry and cold and need a meal, come on down and be fed.
* If you feel unloved, come on down and get some lovin’.
* If you need someone to talk to, come down and open up to a street person; some are the most loving and understanding people you will ever meet, and they are loaded with life experience.
* If you are in pain, come down and volunteer, which will ease it.
* If you are having family issues, come down and be welcomed by a large family.
* If you feel empty and your heart is cold, come down and warm it up with some generous giving
* If you are homebound and need some help, let us know, and we will see what we can do.

No one in our town needs to be hungry or alone this holiday season, so please let anyone you think may need some help know.

And if you can, please donate food, cash, or your time to help us. We need all the help we can get!

Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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