2014-THANKSgiving

Thanksgiving, Because of You

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Because of you, 378 families who might otherwise have otherwise skipped Thanksgiving dinner next week will be enjoying a hot meal with their loved ones. They’ll be comforted and nurtured and touched by the amazing kindness of strangers… You…

“Thank you a thousand times over. I will think of you and the amazing donors when I look into my full fridge with thanks in my heart.”..

“There are no words for what your community is doing for my family. You have changed the entire season for me. You have no idea how very much this means to my family.”.

“I needed the money so badly, as we were down to our last loaf of bread, but more than that, I needed a renewed faith in the kindness of people. You and your wonderful readers have given that to me– the greatest gift of all. God bless every one of you.” ..

634 of you opened your hearts and your wallets to help those in need. You gave from all across the world, as far as Haiti, Italy, France and Australia. So many more helped spread the word and offered assistance of other kinds. Hand-drawn pictures are being sent from children to children. Food stamps and coupons and even a turkey are making their way to families in need. Gift cards to grocery stores all over the country are currently in transit..

Together, we raised well over $18,000 in five days. Donations ranged from a dollar to a couple hundred, which means that every single family who wrote a comment asking for help will receive enough to cover their Thanksgiving dinners..

It’s incredible. This whole thing has been absolutely incredible.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all you did to make this happen. The results were beyond my wildest imagination.

The happiest of Thanksgivings, everyone.

We all deserve it.

UPDATE: The tally of families helped is now 401, and donor families is 698. The total raised? Over 20,000 dollars. TWENTY THOUSAND FREAKING DOLLARS!!!

P.S. I did have several e-mails bounce back to me, so if you left a comment and didn’t hear back, (either as a family in need or donor) please e-mail me at jill{at}scarymommy{dot}com. I have around 30 people left who e-mailed after I closed the comments, so there is still time to help a family in need!

P.P.S. I’ve learned a lot about organization and the importance of a thing called spreadsheets. Next year, hopefully this whole process will be easier. And, yes, there will be a next year. I’m hooked.

P.P.P.S. I’m going to go sleep now for a million years. Good night.

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    Nicole says

    I’m in tears reading this. I have been on the receiving side of help many times as a child. I’m not stable enough financially to help yet, but i was able to spread the word and help a friend who really needed it. His family will have a nice dinner and I’m headed over to do work around his house this weekend. Both parents in the family are disabled and unable to work. When he found out he was being helped he was speechless! and in tears! Thank you all so much for being amazing people!

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    Jennifer says

    I just want each and every person who donated out of the kindness of your heart. It is because of you I went to sleep without tears in my eyes for the first time in a week. Today I get to call my mom and my grandmother and tell them to please come to my home for a wonderful thanksgiving meal and great time with family. I cannot begin to completely express the appreciation for the kindness that has been shown to all of us who have fallen on hard times.

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    kim says

    I am ashamed of our need for help, don’t let people know when my family is going with out. Thanks to all of the kindness of strangers my family will celebrate the joy that should be involved in this holiday I give thanks to every person that gave from their heart for others to have joy.

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      CJ says

      I am the same exact way! I feel like I should be able to provide for my family and I don’t like other people knowing when I can’t. It’s nice to know there are other people out there like me. And all of you who donated will never truly know what this means to us people who will not have to worry about feeding our families for one day. (or two or three) You have made this holiday special again for so many families! May God bless you all!!

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    Aimee says

    Thank you Jill and all the other moms that gave, whether it was your time or money! I am patiently awaiting the gift, like a child at Christmas lol. I’m so excited that my family will be able to have Thanksgiving, especially since we have no extended family to celebrate with this year :( I sometimes doubt that anyone cares anymore, but all of you helped me to believe again. Thank you from my house to yours. Hopefully next year I’ll be the one helping another mom in
    need…

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    ProzacPrincess says

    AMAZING!!!!
    Like so many others, I have been on the receiving side of the generosity of others when I was a child. My grandmother raised me and my brother after my mom died and if it weren’t for the kindness of others, we would have missed out on Thanksgiving (which was ALWAYS hard since my mom passed 2 days before) and Christmas, as well as Easter clothes for me and my brother. Thank you for organizing this!! You are a true blessing to so many!!

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    Amanda says

    I was brought to tears when reading your original post about these donations. Although I could not help because I have two children of my own and I am a very young mother, I just wanted to say that this is truly a miracle. I wanted to thank all of you lovely ladies who pulled together through word of mouth, or donations, or by whatever means. This does show that there is still some form of humanity and kindness out there in this horrible world. Thank you Jill.

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    Dinene says

    This is my first time being able to donate to any cause ever because I’ve always been the one in need. Thank you, Jill, for inspriring us to be more kind and generous and for giving me my first cause and great reason to give. Bless all of you moms givers and receivers!

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    Michele says

    You all are wonderful! There are no words for the relief you have brought to so many families. God Bless you all for your kindness. If I have learned one thing from
    Our struggle to get back on our feet it is there are amazing people in this world that want to make a difference and bring happiness into the lives of those who are in need. You all ROCK :-) Happy Holidays everyone!

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    Jane says

    I cannot say my thanks enough for the help we are receiving. My kids and I have had an incredibly hard transition in the last 6 months from a bad situation. I was worried that because of the tight money situation we wouldn’t be able to have a proper first holiday in our new place. Because of the generosity of some many I will have so many reasons to be thankful this year. I can never say enough thanks and when my feet are planted firmly back on the ground we will be paying it forward. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! :)

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