Happy Thanksgiving!

To those of you who opened your hearts and wallets to help those less fortunate this Thanksgiving, thank you.

Here are just a few of the sentiments echoed on the boards over the past few weeks…

Thank you so much! I received my card today. After seeing my planned Thanksgiving menu go down to mashed potatoes and rolls, the tears are creeping into my eyes. Food security is my biggest source of stress and Scary Mommy just took a huge load off my chest!.

If you’ve never been there then you don’t know how much a little help can mean, especially when the pressure is on during the holidays. Trust that these acts of generosity will influence people for years to come.

The Thanksgiving gift we received from SM renewed my faith in mankind. Not only will it feed our stomaches, but it has fed my soul. I truly can’t express what this has meant to my family..

My daughter and I hop skipped and jumped to the mailbox today, and to our surprise found our gift card to for Thanksgiving! I cried. I was told I was approved, but it was still such a shock and blessing. Thank you to every angel who donated to Scary Mommy Nation.

As you sit down to your own Thanksgiving dinners, please know what a difference you have made for another family. And then help yourself to an extra serving of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


melissa wasson 5 months ago

I hope and pray that it’s not too late to ask for help. I have been trying to figure out how I was going to get our holiday dinner knowing that stealing is wrong but wondering how I could possibly fit a turkey in my purse. I don’t know how I would be able to tell my 9yr old it’s ramen noodles for thanksgiving dinner. cause that’s what is in the kitchen pantry.

The Mommy Psychologist 3 years ago

I love the you do this for families. I’ve been on the receiving end of such gifts before and it touches your heart when others reach out to you providing what you are unable to at the time. Thanks for this! And next year, I’m getting involved.

Shanna @ Motherhood on the Rocks 3 years ago

Thank goodness for Scary Mommies!

Gina 3 years ago

Make me so happy to be able to be a part of this! Happy Holidays to all the Scary Mommies out there!

Tracy Larson 3 years ago

Fantastic, wonderful and…wow!

Reese 3 years ago

What an awesome thing you did. I love reading things like this. I’m actually gearing up for Operation Hurricane Sandy Holiday Gift Exchange for the kiddos, we could use more bloggers. Let me know if you’re interested. beingreese.blogspot.com


Corey Feldman 3 years ago

Belated happy Thanksgiving

Lynn Kellan 3 years ago

The Scary Mommy Nation isn’t scary – it’s wonderful.

Old School/New School Mom 3 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Scary Mommy folk!

Marta 3 years ago

So unbelievably wonderful. Glad so many families got to have a happy thanksgiving!

Zenoobi 3 years ago

Thanks so much for this – so timely here in the Northeast where all of the reserves were partially depleted by Sandy

Melissa 3 years ago

I love SMN. You guys made a day wonderful for so many families. I know there were many tears of thanks and happiness today for this website and for you creating it. Thank you Jill. I hope you are stuffed as much as a turkey should be 😉

The Sadder But Wiser Girl 3 years ago

It’s wonderful that through this website that you were able to help people in need! :-)

Lollie ~ The Fortuitous Housewife 3 years ago

This morning, as I made the dressing & green bean casserole to take to our family’s feast I was thinking how very forunate my family is to have all we need, how very honored I am to be a part of the Scary Mommy Nation, and of some fellow SMN member also working in their kitchen to prepare a feast for their family with a little bit of help from my family to hers.

Heartfelt thanks to you, Jill, for continuing this wonderful tradition of moms helping other moms.

June O’Hara 3 years ago

Wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

tracy@sellabitmum 3 years ago

Love. Love. Love. xo Happy Thanksgiving. xo

Mom Off Meth 3 years ago

This is a beautiful thing. I’ve been in that position where food was short and cash was gone. What you do here is awesome. What a great way to feel gratitude for the givers, receivers, and the ones in between. Thank you.

Brittany 3 years ago

It is so wonderful to see all the beautiful families that will now have a thanksgiving and all kinds of awesome to see so much good in the world!

Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom) 3 years ago

God bless you, Jill. It’s not Thanksgiving up here (Canada), but the food banks always are in need. Thanks for the reminder, and for doing good yourself.

Happy Turkey Day, eh!

Alison 3 years ago

Love the Scary Mommy Nation!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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