This year we decided to “change things up” and went to help others first! Our destination was the SuperFeast here in downtown Houston sponsored by Waste Management. Last year over 21,000 people were fed, clothed, and entertained on Thanksgiving Day.
Organization was an important part of this immense project. Volunteers had begun sorting and unpacking since 4:30 am. When we arrived to volunteer, we signed in and received name badges. There was a lull in the volunteer activity until we were assigned the clothing area. Each person in line received one blanket, one coat and as many other items they could hold in a paper grocery sack. Our job was to assist with the blanket area. Items were orderly stacked on tables for the clients to choose from. At 10 am the line started through the area. Families with young children “shopped” the area and moved on to the food line. Throughout the morning, there were children’s activities including visiting with Santa, music, balloons and more!
What made the day special was that we as a family took time to do something meaningful together in a new way! It was a new way to view project management on a grand scale and know the commitment of many people to an orderly way to share our blessings.
Take this Thanksgiving weekend and chat with your family about what is most meaningful. Take this knowledge on to the next holiday and create new meaningful traditions together! Share with me what your new family traditions are!
Learn more from this story in the Houston Chronicle.