If You’re Thankful and You Know It Help Someone

It will be Thanksgiving soon and at Southridge Jam, we are always thinking with deep gratitude about the people who have supported us and helped us to stay afloat this year; our volunteers, retailers who sell our jams in their stores, wineries and cafes, our new retail partners who defied the odds and opened their doors in 2020 and all you folks who buy our jams.

It feels like such a long time ago when last October, with the help of a good sized group of volunteers, the Southridge Church hosted a Thanksgiving dinner, serving plates of turkey and mashed potatoes with all the trimmings, followed by pumpkin pie and whipped cream. The tables were all decorated for fall and filled by individuals and families from the shelter community, some of whom may not have had the opportunity to have an authentic turkey dinner otherwise.

At the end of dinner, there was a moment where folks could express gratitude for whatever inspired them right then. Taking the time to intentionally acknowledge that there were things to be grateful for created a sense of hope, appreciation and optimism. It was a good night and we could feel the positive energy and gratitude flowing around us.

2020 Southridge Thanksgiving Dinner
This year, Southridge Church hosted a drive/walk-thru turkey dinner for folks from the shelter community and a turkey dinner for current residents. While the format needed to be changed to meet safety protocols and our world has been upended in countless other ways, hope, kindness and compassion are needed more than ever this year.

There have been so many stories about people getting together to make a difference in their communities, from providing meals and treats for healthcare workers, grocery shopping and delivering meals to seniors and making phone calls to check-in on folks who may have been isolated. The list could go on and on. It’s even possible that you had a hand in creating a kindness for someone this year that made all the difference for them. Or maybe sometime this year you were the recipient of a random or intentional act of kindness or compassion?

If you have a reason or many reasons in 2020 to be thankful and grateful, please think about the folks in our community who may be struggling this Thanksgiving. Please consider if there is a way you may be able to help, even doing something small, because as we were reminded this year, all help counts.

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” – Amy Grant

Volunteer programs are mostly still on hold but a couple of other easy ways to help are by dropping a bag of unopened, non-perishable food items off at a food bank, Southridge Shelter or other donation location. Even easier, there are numerous non-profit organizations in the Niagara Region and across Ontario that are looking for donations online.

A year has definitely made a difference in the way we interact with each other and engage in day to day living. Yet, as we make plans to celebrate Thanksgiving in a smaller way in 2020, there are so many things we are so incredibly thankful and grateful to still have this year.

Wishing you a good Thanksgiving and sending you hope & love, from the Jam Fam!