As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends, it’s time to bring out those tried and true recipes – those special salads, casseroles, and desserts that must be on the holiday table every year. But we also look forward to sampling new dishes and, by the end of the meal, we’ll know if we have a new favorite to add to next year’s menu.
At St. Vincent de Paul, we’re ready to put our tried and true recipes together, but we’re also adding something new to our recipe for success.
On November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day, we will begin a new tradition: serving the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Raising Cane River Center in the tradition of Holiday Helpers. Constable Reginald Brown and the founders of Holiday Helpers have officially passed the torch to St. Vincent de Paul.
What a blessing it is to be a part of this effort, which has touched the lives of the needy for the past 30 years. In addition to taking over the leadership of this Thanksgiving event at the River Center, we will continue our tradition of serving a holiday meal to the poor and homeless at our St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, continuing that 35-year tradition.
Why do both? To ensure that we provide maximum coverage of our community on this special day. For individuals who have no families to share this special day with, for students and travelers away from home, for the needy throughout our community, including those who have eaten at the River Center in past years, we will be there for them. For the homeless who live at our St. Vincent de Paul shelters, for others who live near our main charitable campus, we will be there for them.
We are so thankful for Constable Brown and all the leaders of Holiday Helpers for passing on this important responsibility to us. We are very excited to be able to continue their tradition of excellence. We ask everyone to join us in praying for those we are blessed to serve, and please pray for our small staff and volunteers as we work with Constable Brown to ensure the continued success of this effort for many years to come.
Again this year, we want to thank the Congregation B’Nai Israel for doing their annual Turkey Train, collecting enough turkeys to ensure that we can continue this Thanksgiving tradition. Annually, the synagogue is the single largest contributor of turkeys for our Thanksgiving meal service to the poor. Their help is even more critical this year because of our new responsibilities with Holiday Helpers. At St. Vincent de Paul, the most critical ingredient in our Thanksgiving recipe is you – our supporters – who make our work possible. Our needy guests are so grateful for the meals you make possible.