A Thanksgiving For Everyone

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There’s nothing like the smell of turkey wafting through the house and little turkey hand-prints decorating the table. I love a fork filled with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and a dab of cranberry sauce. I love leftover sandwiches the next day for dinner and I love pecan pie for breakfast. Most of all, though, I love the chance to really focus on the important stuff for a change. Not the stresses and the negatives, but the fact that I can sit in the house I adore, surrounded by those I treasure most in the world and just enjoy them.

What’s not to love?

But, not everyone is so fortunate. This has been a rough year for so many, and it’s constantly reflected in my Confessional:

I can barely afford to feed my family. It’s humiliating.
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I am so broke I went to get a food-box. They told me I make too much money and I just cried and cried. I have no food. I don’t live extravagantly. I work at the welfare office. I can’t even tell my family how bad it is.
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Thanksgiving dinner? Ha. I can’t even buy a loaf of bread.
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My husband just lost his job. I have no idea how we are going to put food on the table.
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As stressful as my life gets, I have never worried about putting food on the table for my family. I’m one of the lucky ones.

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out something to do – a way to make a difference – and life brighter, even just for a night. I hope, along with your help, that this can…

I’d like every Scary Mommy out there to be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. To be able to cook a meal for her family without worrying about the cost, or making sacrifices to do so. To sit around a table, dining on good food with loved ones and toasting to an easier year to come.

Last year, USA Today reported that the average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 cost $43.47. Less than fifty bucks for a night of pure comfort food, for the body and the soul.  For the lucky ones, that’s not all that much..

So….

If you could use help putting food on the table, please say so in the comments (anonymously, if you wish- I just need your e-mail and that remains private.) If you have $25 to spare this year, please say so, too. My hope is to match two $25 donors up with moms in need, giving those moms $50 gift cards to their local grocery stores so they can buy their Thanksgiving ingredients. Leave a comment with what you can give, and I’ll be in touch.

The first two meals are on me… Who’s next?

Let’s all celebrate Thanksgiving together.

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11-13 Update: Wow. You all are amazing. A-FREAKING-MAZING. I’m going to spend some time matching people up and I’ll be in touch with you all by Thursday… Thank you all, so very much, for making this happen.

11-16 Update: I’m closing comments for the moment just to make sure I have everyone taken care of. In the event that there is money to spare, I’ll open them back up!

11-16 (another) Update: I am opening the comments up for one last push, and then I will close them at 3PM EST so I can fulfill each and every request. I’m so excited to share the final results with you all!!!

11-16 (FINAL UPDATE, I SWEAR.) I’m having a really hard time closing this down. I’ll keep it open until 12AM EST and then, I’ll close it and be in touch with everyone..

11-17 (Yeah, I lied.) Unfortunately, I am unable to take any more requests, but if you want to donate, please e-mail me jill{at}scarymommy{dot}com. Thank you!!

11-18 I’ve posted the results and they are AMAZING. Go read! 

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In addition to being the founder of all things Scary Mommy, Jill is also the New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

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Christine 4 years ago

would love to donate $25 if it”s not too late…

MM 4 years ago

Dont know if i will make it but if there is a chance that we can still get assistance it would be appreciated. If not either way what you have done here is truly amazing and i just want to say thank you for the opportunity.

ashley 4 years ago

You have a very kind heart. We just had our first baby, and we are drowning in bills. Of course we make “too much” for any type of assistance. If you have any extra, we would sure appreciate a dinner. It would be such a blessing to us right now.

Jey 4 years ago

I think I may have just missed the deadline, but I’d really love to help out.

sher 4 years ago

I have just run across your article from a friend of mine. You are amazing, I just ran away with my kids for our safety. I would ask for help but there are far more people who need the help more than me, I have been gifted with a new job and will do my best to make the smiles on my kids faces bigger than ever this year. But you deserve hugs for your compassion, there aren’t many people out there who care this much. Prayers to you.

Sarah 4 years ago

Yes, of course. This is the good stuff of life. Let’s help. Tell me how to give.

Tatiyana 4 years ago

And after reading comments, if there is anyone in the Chicago/Schaumburg area, reach out to me please…I’ll help you however I can!!!

Alysa Rudo 4 years ago

This story broke my heart. Were they little boys or girls? If you have a girl, I’d love to donate a tutu to her! :)

Anonymous 4 years ago

I could use help with gas money plus a little extra to buy or make something to take along for the meal. My son/and wife are Doing Thanksgiving dinner at their house (an hours drive from me)They have invited me to come(the whole family (his & hers) will be there.I would love to go too but I just was put on lay-off from work 11-10-11 and my last pay won’t even pay my bills. My job dosen’t let me collect unemploynent (I have to do my own taxes and pay in every year) Everyone that comes brings something/food and we do like a smorgus board type thing. I would be thankful for gas money to get there but would truly be blessed if I could take something along to contribute too so I wouldn’t feel like a free-loader. Thanks so very much for doing this wonderful thing and may God bless. I do not have a web site so I will leave it blank or use yours if you want me to.

Tatiyana 4 years ago

I totally have $25 to spare (not much more, but it’s cool). I’d LOVE to help….please please please email me and I’d love to do whatever I can to put dinner on someones’ table. I work at Whole Foods and would love to be able to use my discount to help someone buy their turkey, sides, or whatev….so please, let me!!

Nancy 4 years ago

God bless you all! I had to get a food box this year and luckily have family in town that can help me out. I swear, if I had $25.00 I would donate it in a heartbeat. It is wonderful to see that humanity and kindness are still alive especially in these hard economic times. Thank you for restoring my faith in people and that is what I am thankful for this year.

Bobby 4 years ago

This has been a terrible year, I could use the help if you are still offering this

Tammy Seychel 4 years ago

Family of 8, in need of help. I appreciate this so much.

Alese Orsette 4 years ago

could use the help this year, husband lost his job and we have no money for anything.

Sara Garcia 4 years ago

could also use the help. much appreciated. @araruth25

Kimber 4 years ago

I will accept any help that you can provide and thank you very much for what ever help you can give.

Jen S. 4 years ago

I would love to help! Please count me in for $25!

Liz @ PeaceLoveGuac 4 years ago

What an amazing thing you’ve done here, Jill!
I would love to help.

Christina 4 years ago

We are in for $25 to help!
xoxo-Christina, Tinsley + Aiden

Trisha 4 years ago

This year has been very rough for me. I live in a house with 9 people in it… We live on a fixed income of $700 a month.. Our electric bill alone is $400 and its hard to keep up… This year my family isnt even planning on having a thanksgiving due to the lack of money and the lack of food. What we have doesnt even last to the end of the month and it gets hard. We have kids in the house and I sometimes go without eating just to make sure they have food in their bellies. With a baby on the way it is hard to do but the kids are the most important thing in my life. Family means everything to me and if i could give them a thanksgiving dinner that would be amazing… Please help if possible… God Bless.

Charlene Long 4 years ago

I too agree that the holidays are really hard. I am hoping to get through them as painlessly as possible. If I could help someone else I definitely would but, things are really tough and I am struggling to make my ends meet. I wanted to say that this is a wonderful thought. :)

Anonymous 4 years ago

We are a family of 5 that could use help if possible.

Nicole Nascenzi 4 years ago

Please put me down for $25 and way to go Jill – great idea!

Jennifer 4 years ago

I could really use the help if its available. I’m a single mom of 2 barely making ends meet (neither of my DDs fathers are around or any help) . I know there are many more out there that have less and I am grateful for people like you willing to help those in need.

Richard perrine 4 years ago

Myself and my fiance just moved into our apt with our 4 kids and are having a rough time with our finances and have no way to even get a turkey to be able to have a thanksgivung dinner for our family. Very embarressing but we r doing our best

Amy F 4 years ago

Count me in too…I’d be happy to donate!

Anonymous 4 years ago

I have 5 children and just lost my job i would help if i could but i really need the help myself

Jill @BabyRabies 4 years ago

In for $25. Wish I could do more!

Anonymous 4 years ago

I could use the help, to be honest. My husband’s been unable to work, but has been turned down for disability due to my income. What does MY income have to do with his inability to work in his chosen profession anymore? Frustrating like grrrrrr.

Kris 4 years ago

I can’t bring myself to ask for help. But I think what you are doing is an amazing mitzvah. Sadly can’t contribute. But this is truly an amazing thing you’re doing.

Anonymous 4 years ago

It’s been a bad year. My father in law died at 52 years old and my husband and I had to pay for his funeral. The same week, my 8 year old stepson was literally left on our door step. So we now have a child to take care of and STILL pay child support. In April, my husband was layed off. Then we got our property tax bill. 3500.00. Our savings was gone. My husband found work again and we lost qualification for food stamps. I was convinced Thanksgiving was a dream. We had to sacrifice it to give an wonderful little boy some kind of Christmas. Scary Mommy, you give us all hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. God Bless You and all of these wonderful angels.

Kelly 4 years ago

I would love to help!! I wish I could cook it for them too!! Count me in.

dorothy kightlinger 4 years ago

i can’t help out moneywise but i will spread the word all over. this is a very nice thoughtful and generous thing you are doing. god bless you.

January Latshaw 4 years ago

I am a single mother of two and live on nothing but to get by! i would be Blessed and very thankful to get help with Thanksgiving this year. Thank you to who all is helping with us less fortunate. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

K. 4 years ago

If there is still help available, I would gladly accept. I lost my job in February and between my husband’s job & unemployment we are barely making ends meet for ourselves and our two kids. I’m so stressed that the holidays won’t be the special time my kids deserve. Things have always been tight, but this is the first year I worry about money for groceries and gas to travel to see our family. This is such an amazing thing you’re doing and I vow to repay the favor next year.

Thankful 4 years ago

forgot to put my email as hearts135 at gmail dot com Thank you.

Jordi 4 years ago

My husband and I would love to help out with $50. It’s our first Thanksgiving as a married couple and he loves making a big dinner for any friends and family that can make it. It is wonderful that you thought to do this. That is what the holidays are all about :)

Thankful 4 years ago

We are struggling to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table this year. I really could use some help, please. I would be very thankful for any help.

Rachel 4 years ago

We could really use the help this year. Living paycheck to paycheck with not enough at times. God bless those who have donated.

sharon spence 4 years ago

i could really use help this year,its been a really bad one.help would really be appreciated. kentuckyrose3@hotmail.com

anon 4 years ago

We could use the help this year…bills & expenses have added up like a bad game of tetris and I don’t know how I can afford to put a nice spread on the table next week.

Jean Swigonski 4 years ago

I am not good at asking for help, but this is for my kids not me so… yeah, we need help this year. I don’t know what else to say but thank you all for this and I hope I can do the same next year.

liana mann 4 years ago

Count me in… please send me the information so that when I get home tomorrow I can send my donation.

Family of 7 4 years ago

I hope I’m not too late. Mark us down for $25. Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephanie 4 years ago

I was looking forward to helping out others this year, however, this past three days has decimated the money I had. I just had to get spark plugs and wires for the car, pay for the smog and the tags, put a new thermostat and thermostat housing and then last night on our way home the car started overheating out of nowhere. I pulled over and we waited an hour and a half for it to cool down and I put water in it. Within 10 miles it was overheating again and by now it was 1130 p.m. We were three miles from home and the car just died. My 4 year old and I were stuck in the car until 230 am when we were finally able to get a tow home. We were freezing cold because the heater wouldn’t work and it was such a nice day yesterday that I was wearing capris and we did not have jackets on. Today, I got a mobile mechanic to come out and he literally spent all day working on the car, it cost me $350 and it still isn’t running and now he is saying it is the timing belt. I am totally broke now and don’t get paid again until December 1st. I so wish that I could just catch a break!

Amy 4 years ago

I would like to donate! In addition, I have a turkey I can donate. I’m on Long Island (New York).
Thanks so much for “giving” us such a great opportunity to give!

heather 4 years ago

Please count me in.

Charlene 4 years ago

Sent my donation out today and it felt awesome! So glad that I could help. It really is amazing that it feels so much better to give than to receive. My adopted family will be in my heart and in my prayers this holiday. We Scary Mommies are not so scary after all. We rule!!!! Thanks again Jill and please keep us updated. Xxxoo

erin h 4 years ago

I don’t know where to turn and I’m so thankful for this opportunity. My fiance gets laid off in december for a month making the holidays extra hard on us since I’m a sahm of a 3yo little girl. I’ve undergone 2 surgeries this year most recently for a miscarriage, sadly the day after my fiance’s bday. We’re also looking for a new place to live this holiday season. Christmas is gonna be hard to come by this year.

Connie Robinson 4 years ago

I found out about this site from my daughter. I don’t know where to start but I’m thankful wheather we are helped or not. We are a family of 4. My husband,who is diabled and 65, our 16 year old son, our 10 year old granddaughter ( we’ve have had her since she was 1 year old) and myself. The holidays are very stressful because we live on SS Disability. We are overincome for food help because our income isn’t considered “earned”. So we never have any money left over or any additional for times like these. If there is help in our area we would sincerly appriciate it this year..Thanks so much and God Bless you all!!!!! We live in Chehalis Wa. and can be reached by email for other info

For my Aunt 4 years ago

My Aunt just recently lost everything. Her duplex literally blew up. She has nothing. My family is barely making ends meet. I would love to be able to give her something. My grandma owned the property and we are all having a hard time with this tradgy. I thank you all for being so giving. I hope to oneday buy a few meals for those who are less fortunate . God bless.

Tracie 4 years ago

I have come by several times today, trying to make myself ask for help, but having a hard time. So I’m taking a deep breath through my tears, and typing this comment. A Thanksgiving meal would be such a blessing for my family and it would relieve a lot of stress. Work is difficult to find during the holiday season (even on a good year) and this is a particularly hard year for us.

Thank you so very much. All of you who are giving. It is amazing.

Rachel K 4 years ago

Is it too late to ask for help? My family and I have been struggling for years to put food on our table. We’ve been using the food bank on and off for years. We just moved and no longer have access to the one that gave us food, no questions asked. My husband is hypoglycemic so when he doesn’t get enough food he gets a migraine and throws up. Our 5 year old eats a lot and is still a string bean! I end up not eating as much as I should just to make sure that they can get everything they need. Any help would be appreciated. If it’s too late to ask, that’s ok!

Jennifer 4 years ago

We would be happy to donate and have an extra turkey for someone nearby too. We are in the Phoenix area.

Alyssa 4 years ago

I’m in for 2 meals. Thanks Jill. Great job with this!!

Heather 4 years ago

Hi Jill, I emailed you inregards to the Thanksgiving Dinner and I finally figured out how to post lol, Thank you so much.
Hi My name is Heather Cox, and my Aunt told me about the Thanksgiving Dinner. I was wanting to nominate my mother but couldn’t figure out how to do it. The reason I want to nominate my mother is because my stepdad recently became very ill and is not at U of M hospital in the ICU. The Doctor’s told my mother that he will be there for months. He was diagnosed with a strep infection and it took over his whole entire body. He is now on a ventilator and he may lose his left hand due to the medication he is on that goes straight to his heart and brain but his limbs suffer. My mother usually has the Thanksgiving dinner at her house but since this happened we want to all be at the hospital with my dad on this holiday, we will also be celebrating Christmas in the hospital as well. If you could help in any way please let me know.

Stephanie 4 years ago

Hi Everyone…
Well..I don’t even know if I am in the right “spot” to tell our horror story but a friend of mine referred me to your site being as she understands and knows our situation.

And believe me when I tell you that I could not make this up if i tried. My husband and I have been happily married for 12 years. FINALLY – On November 12th of last year, two days before my husband’s birthday I looked down on a pregnancy test after struggling to conceive naturally for over 5 years and saw my VERY first POSITIVE pregnancy test!! It was one of the happiest days of our lives. THEN to find out (because I was gaining weight SO rapidly) – had an U/S done at 9 weeks instead of them waiting until the 11th week that we were pregnant with TRIPLETS amazed us to say the least. We felt SOOO very blessed…scared but blessed. Nobody else in the family had multiples…in our eyes it was in God’s hands and he blessed us with our long awaited babies! I had a great pregnancy until all of a sudden (I had to switch OB’s because I was considered high risk at that point) my blood pressure became EXTREMELY high and I kept getting these pulling sensations in my stomach, (the office told me me for weeks that it was normal and my U/S’s were normal too every 4 weeks) to discover I was preclamptic and having contractions that were two minutes apart.

I went to the ER of course and the next morning at 8 am, (I went in at around midnight) one of the Doctors in the practice I was seeing came in to do a pelvic on me. (I was already NPO and hooked up to the contraction machine). I was terrified because I had been reading and had been warned about pre term labor and all the risks with Preemies. The Doctor did his pelvic, took off his gloves and glasses and said very sternly..”Get whomever you want here in the next hour – you are 100% efaced and I am doing an emergency c-section”. I WAS ONLY 29 weeks and 2 days!!!! I started to freak out – my husband was over joyed and I literally thought i was in the twilight zone. My husband called my parents, his parents, my friends at work, (i was on bed rest for two days before this happened). EVERYONE was excited but me. I was terrified. “They are going to be so tiny…are their lungs developed??? (Nurse gave me an injection to help with the lungs) – Why can’t I be put on Mag?? Can’t they stay longer inside me??? No….they had to come out. In ONE hour.

To make a very long story short, my babies arrived into this world all weighing btw. 2 lbs. 2 oz., and 2 llbs. 4 oz. They were rushed to the NICU (All Children’s) – and I was able to see them that evening. They were all doing VERY well considering being born so early. NONE of them were on vents, just Dylan with the cpap. I basically lived, ate and breathed All Childrens after I was discharged 2 days later. My babies could not suck so they were fed through feeding tubes through their nose. I gave them pure breast milk. My once size A breasts were actually a full B and I was given supplements to produce more milk. I was pumping constantly. My mom (whom lives an hour away) stayed with me because my husband works nights. He would visit the babies in the morning and I would go home and rest a bit then go back in the afternoon.until around midnight. My mom was sleeping on the couch on the 11th day after their birth and my phone rang. My mom heard it and handed it to me. I did not pick up soon enough and their was an urgent msg. from the NICU Doctor telling me that one of my son’s had developed an infection and I needed to get there right away. I basically wnet in my pajamas, called my husband at work – he left early to meet us there nd we all walked into the NICU – more like RAN into the NICU together. My little guy had developed NEC and was green from head to toe. I looked at the monitor being as at this point I had memorized what everything was. He barely had a blood pressure and he was surrounded by nurses and doctors. I immediately started to bawl. The main Dr. told me that she called in a surgeon to see if my baby could have surgery performed on him. She explained the disease that he had and it did not sound positive. I just waited by his incubator and prayed….It seemed like an eternity but by this time my whole family was in the NICU lobby. The surgeon said she could perform a LAP…if the intestines are TOO necrotized than she could not perform surgery. We agreed to have her take a look via LAP…sat in the church at the hospital and within a half hour someone came to get us. Both my husband and I could sense that the news was bad….and it was. They told me his bowel had perforated and there was nothing that could be done. His little eyes were so black and blue…body was green…they said he had maybe a half hour to live.

We held our baby for the first time without any cords or feeding tubs, etc. I held his hand and his body as he quickly passed away in my arms. It was the first time I had to ever deal with death…and to have it be a baby…MY baby…surreal. I thought it was a bad dream for many days. I just could not believe it. That was in May of this year. We are now in November and have two healthy, happy, normal babies whom we adore but we still miss our little angel. I/we have accepted it but are still very confused and get angry at times when thinking about it. HOWEVER, we are truly blessed and fortunate to have our other two miracles. *sorry if i am all over the place but my eyes are tearing up as I actually type this*
This will be their first Thanksgiving and Christmas. I gave up my job very willingly being as I need to stay home with my little ones.. My husband and I barely get by and have applied for all sorts of funding and ultimately receive WIC, (Very thankfully) to help with formula, (I stopped producing milk when i lost Corbin…and did not eat well at all). Plus I also receive $30 per month for food stamps. We do not have a car anymore. We had two and gave them up to help pay our bills. This includes a HUGE hospital bill that we are making payments on. The symagist shots to prevent RSV FINALLY stopped. We had them up until March of this year. With out insurance it was $90 per month. We have a small home that we adore and fixed up prior to getting pregnant. We thank God every day for the roof over our heads and having two healthy, beautiful babies..Yes, it is hard work but i enjoy every second of it. I was born to be a mother.

My family is tight because my Dad, (step father that I call Dad) lost his job. My In laws are in the same boat. My Father in Law is disabled so he cannot work. Everyone tries to help out as much as possible being as these are the FIRST grand babies on both sides of the family. My mother in law cooks great meals and stops by to make sure my husband and I are eating…we walk or take the bus to where we need to go. Sometimes we get rides from family especially if it is going to the Doctor. I live in Florida so I do not have to worry too much about cold weather just yet. Believe me, I can make a dollar stretch!! I have learned to clip coupons, etc.
I have to be honest in saying that Thanksgiving will be held at our home this year because it is SO much easier just to have everyone come here. We are all chipping in to make this as special as it can be.

Once againmy husband and I keep our chins up – focus on the positive and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel as far as finances are concerned. It is just really rough right now. It felt good if anything to write my story “down”. I hold back my tears too often because what baby wants to see their mam cry. I remain positive and cheerful when they are up and active. My husband works as much as he can to help – but there is only so much one person can do. Thank you to everyone that took the time to read this. I know it was lengthy but if anything it felt good to get it all out.

AnxiousInKY 4 years ago

I’m ashamed to say that we are in need this year. It can be so hard to ask those you know for help, and it is often the generosity of strangers that allows one to swallow their pride and reach out. Thanks to all of those who are helping so many.

Anon 4 years ago

I am a single mom of three very young kids, but decided not to ask for help because I do qualify for food stamps and am fortunate that I receive enough to feed my kids. However, I wanted to say thank you for what you are doing. On behalf of all the other single parents and struggling families…it’s nice to know someone cares. Or in this case, many “someones”! I’ll be spending the holiday “alone” with just my kids…when I start to wallow in self-pity, I’ll come back to this post to remind myself that no, I’m not really alone. Thank you everyone!

kateanon 4 years ago

I know what it’s like to not be able to do the holidays, a few years ago I skipped them completely and counted myself lucky to sneak a piece of someone’s leftover pie. I have a former coworker I’m trying to help, she’s a newly single mom of 2 who just moved last weekend into a friend’s basement because she lost her house in foreclosure. She got laid off amongst all this mess and is desperately trying to hold it together. I would love to be able to help her.

Peachypeej 4 years ago

Never had children, Never missed a meal
Haven’t walked in those shoes, Don’t know how it feels
But I can help….Put me down for $50.00 – PJ in Torrance

Rosana 4 years ago

I just saw the tweet and if it is not to late I would like to please ask for assistance. My hubby and I are tryng to make it and stay off of welfare and we have been succeeding so far but recent car problems and broken this and that and FAST growing kids has made thing s a bit short this year. I am afraid without help we will not have a Thanksgiving meal. Kinda struggling to just put food on our table as it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again if it’s to late it is ok. I am overwhelmed by the generosity I have seen on this post and thank God there are still great souls out there willing to lend a hand to brothers and sisters in need. ~~~~ San Antonio, TX

Sarah 4 years ago

Put us down for $25 if its not too late.

Landon’s Mommy 4 years ago

Hello there! I just want to say that it is amazing to know that people out there care about the less fortunate. I am a single mother of a fabulous little 4 yr old boy and I am struggling (like others) to just be able to put dinner on the table or to pay for other necessary items. I go to nursing school and I work and I just cant seem to make ends meet. It would be a blessing, and I would be appreciative of any help at all during this holiday season. I wish I could give money instead… I just keep telling myself “Once I get my degree….” God bless all of you!

Christine 4 years ago

Hope it isn’t to late to ask for help. I’ve been on bed rest since 9/29 at 23 weeks. We almost lost our first child. I’ll be 30 weeks on Friday by the grace of god and still have a long ways to go. I haven’t been able to work so it’s been up to my fiance to pay all of the bills. I just came across this and if you could help in anyone I would be grateful and I will pay it forward so much more next year when I’m not in this situation. Here’s my blog if you would like to read my situation http://mymiracleandmore.blogspot.com/p/my-story.html

Thanks

Dawn 4 years ago

hubby and I would like to donate $25 to help. we’re paying it forward.

Cindy 4 years ago

Forgot to add my location – Annapolis, Maryland

Cindy 4 years ago

What a wonderful program, great job!

If it’s not too late, I’d be happy to donate $25.00!

CM 4 years ago

It’s after 3 but if you have any remaining contributions, my family would feel blessed by the help.

mes 4 years ago

It would be my pleasure to give $25 through paypal.

McKenzie 4 years ago

I’d like to contribute $25!

Gail 4 years ago

Would be glad to help out with two $25.00 donations. Just send me the details on how to do this.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

KristaLoves 4 years ago

Put me down for one donation plz!

Dana 4 years ago

I’d like to help. Count me in for $25.

Kari 4 years ago

If it’s not too late, I’d like to contribute $25.

I think this is amazing.

Christine 4 years ago

Is it closed yet? If not, I can help.

caroline 4 years ago

Just lost my job and going to cna classes unfortunately I have to make ends meet for three weeks with no income, I have a two year old and would really appreciate it.

Julia’s Child 4 years ago

I’ll help!

Alissa 4 years ago

I can do a $25 donation. Thanks for organizing this amazing giving event.

Katie @ An Authentic Life 4 years ago

As a family lucky enough to have two incomes, An Authentic Life is more than pleased to offer help to those who need.

Message me details.

Sending love and support to those brave enough to ask for help. Often times, that’s the hardest thing to do.

Kellie Geres 4 years ago

Count me in. Please let me know where to paypal or send the money.

Hyacynth 4 years ago

I have the ability to share with another mom in need.

Anon 4 years ago

Count me in for a $100 contribution.

imamommy25 4 years ago

Unlike last year, this year I am in a position to help. Please count me in to help someone out.

Thanks,

Mollie 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. I have paypal!! :)

A.M. 4 years ago

Sadly, I could use the help. My son and I live with my parents and this year I am not getting food stamps to help out like I have in the past. My parents support us financially while I am finishing my degree and my parents are struggling, no matter how hard they try to hide it. I have been unable to find a job the last 2 years and just can’t help offset all the added expenses of my son and I. In the meantime, I am trying to sell my artwork, but am not doing so well. If you have any extra donations, please consider my family. I would gladly help if I could…

Jessica 4 years ago

This is an amazing idea and our little family would be forever grateful to be a recipient this year. My husband is in the Navy but low ranks don’t make much, and I am still looking for work. Its not easy with a toddler! I hope you do this every year so we can get a chance to give back next year and help other families! I have been reading through the posts on here and would like to say thank you to so many of you who are offering help, and that it is amazing that so many people are stepping forward to help!!

Melissa 4 years ago

Damn.. I put the wrong email address last time. Here is the correct one and I have copied my earlier post.. and yes the help would be greatly appreciated and once over the hump, I will return the favor any way I can!! his is the first year ever that I actually need help. I inherited the family Thanksgiving dinner, and I am mortified to tell everyone not to bother to show up because I may not have lights or electric to cook the food. I am trying every avenue that I can….. If funds run out and I don’t receive a match, no big deal I will power thru it one way or the other, I really just wanted to say, that this is one hell of a fabulous idea, and if I had any money to spare I would definately donate!! Maybe next year!!

Tiffany 4 years ago

I have been in a debate with myself over whether or not to put myself on here. I am a single mother of 3. I do not receive child support nor do I qualify for any kind of assistance. A month or so ago, I was struggling to put Ramen on the table. I called around to the organizations in my area for emergency food and, like another commenter I read, was told that I make too much (by $150 a month). I have just recently begun being able to buy “good food” for us. It would be most helpful, but if you have others that are in more dire situations, please help them first. I have read the comments and it seems that there are many who are in much more need than myself. One behalf of every person who has humbled themselves to comment asking for help, thank you for making this such an easy way to ask for help. And thank you to all the wonderful scarymommy followers who have given so selflessly. I will join you in giving next year. :)

Elissa B 4 years ago

We are a family in need. My husband lost his job 18 months ago and we are on the brink of losing our home. Yesterday I found out our food stamps and energy assistance have expired and won’t be reinstated for several weeks. I have a job now but without food stamps and energy assist, we just don’t have enough. Thank you for all you’re doing. When we get back on our feet I’ll be one to help another.

Lisa 4 years ago

We are very much in need of help these days. If there is room still, I would be forever grateful. (My husband JUST got a job after months without work, its been a very hard year!)

Anonymous 4 years ago

I’m so embarrassed by the fact that I am swimming in debt (medical bills, credit cards, student loans) that felt bad about asking for help since some of it is my own fault. I’ve been thinking about asking for a match-up since I first saw the post but I finally gave in since my guilt is outweighed by wanting to give my family a nice Thanksgiving.

I would so much appreciate any help. Hopefully, I’ll be in a place to help next year or even this Christmas. I have been fortunate enough to be able to give my time by volunteering; it’s all I have to offer.

anon 4 years ago

I could definitely use the help putting food on the table. I thank you for all you are doing.

Athena 4 years ago

You give people like me hope for the future…. there are so many people out there who are to self absorbed to see others in need. The hoildays are suppose to be a time of family and fellowship but so often they are of heart ache and fear. After we had number 4 the single income didn’t cut it anymore and we are pretty hard up for the hoildays and the last thing I wanted to worry about was how to provide for Thanksgiving dinner. I just started a job last week but the money wont kick in until closer to Christmas and our son has a birthday between Thanksgiving and Christmas… so with all that said and as hard as it is for me to say…. I could use the help for sure. What a blessing you are and now that I have a job and the future does look brighter please put me on a list to help out for future dealings like this. Thank you so much for what you do.

Jessica B 4 years ago

Oh, I have been there. I was a young, single mom for 7 years — there were so many times that I thought I wasn’t going to make it – wasn’t going to be able to figure out how to put another meal on the table. I feel really grateful to be in the position now where I can help out someone who just needs a little hand. Count me in for $25.

Leah 4 years ago

I hate asking for help. I am usually the one to help people. I can pinch a penny till it screams. However, after 2 years of being homeless, we are finally in a home. It’s awesome, but horribly expensive.
We need help. What’s silly, when we were homeless, we didn’t get any help. Now we have a roof over our heads, it’s hard to get help (when I can ask). Our daughter is a type 1 diabetic and we have had to pay for insulin and her other supplies out of our pocket. It doesn’t leave much for other things.
So, if someone has some extra, please think of us.
We are working on paying it forward. We have started meetings to increase help for our ” kids closet” and “teen’s kid closet” by hosting clothing drives in all the schools in our area.
Thank you

Kendra 4 years ago

I’m a young single mom of twins and I would be so grateful for any help available.

Ashley 4 years ago

I can give $25! This is amazing!!!

Nicole 4 years ago

I personally don’t need the help, but I am in school with a woman who does. She is a single mom, just lost her house and had to cut back on hours at work to finish her degree as a physical therapist assistant to help other. She had a brain tumor a few years back and got in debt with the bills. She is now caring for her mother who has cancer and no use of her legs. I am happy to donate the 25.00, if we could find her a match. She works all day, is in school from 5-9, gets her mother for a care facility and then goes home to study, she made the deans list last quarter and is really trying hard to improve her situation.

Carabee 4 years ago

I keep meaning to leave a comment and keep getting distracted but I am definitely in for $25. And if there’s anything else I can do, let me know!

Shelly 4 years ago

I would like to help. This is amazing! Thank you for organizing. I am in Iowa.

Jen 4 years ago

I want to help!

Jen 4 years ago

Just let me know how to get the $25 to you. This is such a great thing to do for the holidays.

Sha 4 years ago

Thank you Jill for all you do, you are amazing. We would be grateful for a little help this year.

Kathy 4 years ago

As a kid, I remember people helping us out over the holidays. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized why my mom cried when she realized we would have food to put on the Thanksgiving table. She, too, was a proud single mom that had a hard time making ends meet. I am so grateful to be able to have the chance to make another family happy, and FULL, during the holidays. No one should experience the sadness and hunger of an empty table. THANK YOU Scary Mommy for such a wonderful idea! Count me in!

mosey (kim) 4 years ago

I’m down for $25! thank you for doing this!

Jeanette 4 years ago

I can’t tell you how much it means to see people willing to help other people. Im a SAHM to my 4 lil ones cause it would cost to much for them to go to day care and preschool. More then I could make working. My husband makes $20 too much for us to receive food stamps anymore. We struggle every month to scrap by. We are not as bad off as some so I don’t like to complain but if their is any way for my family to get some help I would be forever grateful. Only a week away and I have no way to afford a thanksgiving dinner. Thank you so much for thinking of others in this incredibly difficult time and thank you to everyone who cares enough to give of themselves.

Lila 4 years ago

Happy to help! Count me in!

Christie 4 years ago

I would like to help. Please let me know how.

Christie

Melissa 4 years ago

This is the first year ever that I actually need help. I inherited the family Thanksgiving dinner, and I am mortified to tell everyone not to bother to show up because I may not have lights or electric to cook the food. I am trying every avenue that I can….. If funds run out and I don’t receive a match, no big deal I will power thru it one way or the other, I really just wanted to say, that this is one hell of a fabulous idea, and if I had any money to spare I would definately donate!! Maybe next year!!

Vickie Saenz-Brown 4 years ago

I’d be happy to help!

MillenialMonstr 4 years ago

I absolutely love what you’re doing with this, so much that I’ve been sharing it with everyone I know, and somehow completely forgot to leave you a message! Please count me in and just let me know where to send the check :) Awesome job, lady!

Christy Messina 4 years ago

I can help, please tell me how

michele 4 years ago

This is an amazing thing you are doing,a day of leaving behind the worries would be fantastic. My husband is a hard worker for the state,for his lousy $10 hour and I stay home with my children one being special needs. This time of year should be joyful,and although we put on our happy faces for the kids we are secretly wondering how we will pull everything off,what can we sell,can we find my husband some side work,can we skip a bill this month.I would be so grateful to be able to spend the day in the kitchen preparing a feast for my family and not thinking about the money I should not have spent. It is hard to ask for help,it makes a mother feel she has somehow let her children down. I remember a better time when my husband was bringing home 4 x’s his current salary,holidays where fun,the shopping exciting. Thank you for doing something so kind,I can only hope one day our situation improves and I will be again be able to help others.I will never forget the kindness I have witness from complete strangers.

Kami 4 years ago

I know it’s been a rough few years for many, many people. Our family has been fortunate so far to be able to have the things we need…please let me know how we can help.

Sabrina 4 years ago

Count me in for $25

Amanda 4 years ago

What you’re doing is simply amazing. I wish I had the means to help, but unfortunately, like so many others, I am one who needs help. My family makes “too much” for government assistance, but what they don’t see is that my husband is a type 1 diabetic, without adequate insurance. His insulin alone is $900/month. After providing him with his life-saving medications and supplies, there isn’t much left to feed our family with, and I always worry about how we are going to feed our daughter. God bless you all for helping those in need in such trying times!

Not Supermom 4 years ago

I wish I could help. I would if I could. I had my debit card ripped off and the thieves stole the remaining money for the month, or I’d share with you all.

Please let me know if you plan to do this again around Christmas, and I’ll do what I can then to contribute.

Mz M 4 years ago

I love that this is happening. Count me in for $25.

cassandra mackiewicz 4 years ago

Hello. This year I am so short on cash i would love to help but i could actually use help. i am on maternity leave and i have been off 9 weeks and the money saved is gone. i am due to go back to work but no check till mid december. any help would be great!

anon 4 years ago

I need help. My husband re-injured his back and months later hasn’t fully recovered, which has affected his ability to work. I am currently employed. I even tried applying for food stamps but we make too much to qualify. Trying to scrounge enough to pay for groceries after paying the bills is getting harder and harder. My food budget is around $80/wk for a family of four, including gas so my husband can get to work, but often it is less. If anyone can help, I would be extremely grateful.

Alice-the Financial Nanny 4 years ago

Let me know how to send $25 to you. I can’t wait to see how many families will have a nice hot meal on the table next Thursday!

Alice-the Financial Nanny 4 years ago

Let me know how to send $25 to you. I can’t wait to see how many families will have a nice hot meal on the table next Thursday!

Annonymous 4 years ago

This year is going to be one of the hardest for us in a long time. I was laid off on Oct 28th and have applied for unemployment and foodstamps. Both of which I have no idea if I will get or not. My baby girls birthday is Saturday the 19th and I dont even have enough money to get her a gift and then with Thanksgiving next week we wont have that either :( Times are hard for everyone anymore. It is all we can do to keep a roof over our heads right now.

Sky 4 years ago

Count me in for $25 smackers. I’m happy to help!

Kim at Let Me Start By Saying 4 years ago

I am 100% in and happy to help.

MegInMD 4 years ago

Paying it forward! Count me in for $25.

Triplet Mom 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. I’m so happy to be able to help. Thank you for organizing this!

Stayingalivemoma 4 years ago

What a wonderful blessing you and everyone else are!! Since I first read you blog and followed you, I put your website address on my page. I hope you have gained followers from it.
I receive food stamps, although nowhere near enough to take care of six people, but if you have anything left over after it’s all said and done, I would love the assistance.
I will continue spreading your website through my website as well as RT on twitter to my followers. God Bless you and I’m so happy that I discovered you. I will also put this on the forums at families.com, dailystrength.com and komen.com as I am a part of all these forums.
On my hubpages profile, I have wrote articles that may be of help–utility assistance, food assistance, rental assistance, buying food on a budget and so on.
Hugs and kisses!
Stayingalivemoma (Valerie Washington)
Twitter-@stayinalivemoma
Wordpress- http://stayingalivemoma.wordpress.com

Stephanie 4 years ago

This is a beautiful idea. I can give $25.

Jenn 4 years ago

Reading the comments on this has made tears stream down my face as I type this. I wish I could help. I wish there was something I could do. I’m a single mom and I can barely keep my ever growing 2 year old in pants that are long enough, never mind thanks giving dinner. If there is extra we could so use the help. All of you are amazing….

Carly John 4 years ago

When I read this post, it immediately made me cry. It is embarrasing to be *so* low on money that you’re not sure how to pull off a major holiday for your family, especially the kids! My family could really use some help this Thanksgiving. I lost my job in October, and I have been feeding my family of 3 on $60/week budget. I can’t spend a whole week’s worth of money to have Thanksgiving dinner…if you are able to help, I’d be so greatful!

Katrina 4 years ago

I can do $25–awesome idea!!

Lisa 4 years ago

I would love to donate as well – $25. Thanks so much for pulling this together. The power of the internet. :)

Kelly 4 years ago

So touching and inspiring. I would love to contribute, please count me in for $50. Thank you, Scary Mommy, and many blessings to everyone giving and receiving these Thanksgiving gifts that you’ve coordinated!

Mrs. Jen B 4 years ago

I’m in for $25!

Amber 4 years ago

I love this! Moms have the hardest job and I want to contribute $25 to help some mama out there truly enjoy the day.

laura 4 years ago

This is just incredible. I am in tears reading about this remarkable event, and want you to know you are an angel for starting this. I am married with two children, we both work but are short every month, and things like grocery shopping do not fall into our budget. Our family could use the help this year, very much. I can not justify spending $50 on one meal, $50 needs to last two weeks. I pray that I will be on the other side next yr. God Bless all of you.

Kristin 4 years ago

I am embarrassed to even comment here, but we sure could use the help. We are also in that awful inbetween where we don’t qualify for foodstamps but we don’t make enough money to buy enough groceries. We are a family of four and live off $40 a week grocery wise. I was upset that I wouldn’t have the extra money to cook a thanksgiving meal for my family but this post has really touched me! You all are AMAZING for giving so freely and I hope that one day I am able to pay it forward!!!

CJ 4 years ago

I could use help with food. With 4 kids and nonstop bills food is always an issue. I hate asking for help. I help others when I can, I give away clothes my kids outgrow, donate unplayed with toys to needy families, babysit for free when I can… but have never had money to give to people. I look at everyone who is donating money as a hero. You’ll never know what this means to the people you help. It’ll be amazing to have a full Thanksgiving dinner for my family!

Rhonda 4 years ago

As much as it pains me to do so, I must ask for help. My husband and I both lost our jobs within days of each other. I was really hoping to have a nice dinner for our 7 year old daughter. We are both back to work now, but struggling to catch the bills up, so no money for food and make too much for food stamps….would love if there is enough to go around, if I could also recieve help. th anks Jill for all you do!!

M. Johnson 4 years ago

I’m a mom with two teenage daughters trying to make it through nursin school. I could really use some help this year with thanksgiving dinner. But only if you have helped everyone one else first…I am sure that as needy as I fell sometimes there are others who need it more. I love your site by the way….you always make me laugh :)

anonymous 4 years ago

If there is room could my family be added to the list? I’m so grateful to all of you that can give to those less fortunate. I know we will get back on our feet and I look forward to being able to give back to those in need as well! Thank you!

Anonymous 4 years ago

I hate to ask, but I could really use the help, please. Thank you so much for this.

Kimmyjo 4 years ago

I am lucky to be one of the haves this year, would like to help out a have not.

HM 4 years ago

Count me in! I’m good for 2.

Dani 4 years ago

As much as I didnt want to today, I applied for food stamps for our family. My hubby works hard and I am currently umemployed and taking care of our two little ones, plus trying to give whatever we can to our older son who is in college. This year has been a little rough, as I got layed off after working 16 years at the same job. Money is tight, and since winter is on our back door, it may be time for my hubby to be layed off soon. Any help would be greatly appreciated. But please put me on the bottom of the list, we do have wonderful family and friends that try to help whenever possible. But as the others stated above, its such an embarrassment to ask….I am in tears reading all the wonderful comments and offers to help others. God bless you all!

Hope C 4 years ago

Put me down for $25, wish I could give more.

Cindy 4 years ago

Count me in for 2 meals.

MELISSA 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. God bless you and your family.

Stephanie 4 years ago

This is amazing that you’re doing this. Our family can donate $25 – please email and let us know how to do this. I’ll have to get my boyfriend to send it, I don’t have any money (stay at home mom).

Sad mommy 4 years ago

I know how hard it is right now we have no electricity or gas and they are gonna shut off the water in the next couple of days however i would like to help in some small way what we lack in money we make up for in love and i wanna help spread love please let me know how i can help

B&V 4 years ago

I tried posting on here yesterday from my phone so if this is doubled I am sorry. I don’t see that post so I think it never went through…My family and I could use the help this year if you have resources still available. Thank you!

Toni 4 years ago

Count me in…for $50…

Jaden 4 years ago

Yes thank you, truly. I hope you enjoy a wonderful meal with your family for Thanksgiving. *hugs*

N 4 years ago

I’m late to the game, but could definitely use help if there is some still available…

amanda 4 years ago

i wish i could help with a donation but my husband is the only one working right now and we have 3 kids and moneys really tight but i shared this on my facebook page so i hope one of my facebook friends can help

Sarah 4 years ago

I read on one of your post that u had more givers than takers and honestly reading this made me cry. I’m a single mom and although I don’t have to do thanksgiving (family is). I can’t afford groceries in general. I make “too much” for the government to help me so my friends have been donating food when they can. It’s embarrassing that I always have to tell my son no when he asks for something as small as popsicles but I just can’t spare the extra money. I know this was intended for a Thanksgiving dinner but if theres anything to spare for groceries in general… I would be more appreciative than I can explain. It’s actually my bday today too and I can’t think of anything I want more than to provide for my son. Anyways, thank you for posting this.

Megan 4 years ago

I could really use the help this year. Im a young single mother of one and expecting number 2 in february (fob left me).. I work full time but that barely pays the rent. Times are tough and I see all of these women on here giving..your all amazing. I hope i can be more helpful next year.

Elisa 4 years ago

Us too, I can’t donate, but I don’t need the help thanks to qualifying for food stamps, but I know those who don’t are in trouble. I hope I can help next year, for now I will share with my friends.

Samantha 4 years ago

Jill, thank you for doing this. I’m in for 3. One for each of my girls.

Ms. A 4 years ago

I was sent here by one of your lovely followers. If you can, I would appreciate the help. I recently went through a rough divorce and like the confession said, can’t afford a loaf of bread. Thank you.

alison netzer 4 years ago

Great job Jill. I am in for helping. (I figured it out, got a brain somewhere in my head).

Brittany 4 years ago

I have 3 kids – and my husbands job was affected by a large chemical fire across the street from his job – which has made many people in our town sick, and they have not let him go back to work yet. Right now my paycheck is the only one we have – and I get paid on the 1st and 15th. After getting my paycheck yesterday – and paying our bills – we were left with almost nothing. At least I can say my bills are paid – but that doesnt leave much for food. Anything would help us out. This is such an amazing thing that you are doing! And I hope that if you do this again next year I am on the other side and can donate!!!!

Colby 4 years ago

We would love to help out any families in the area…or another area for that matter. I am in Maryland…but you know that already :-) Lucky says hi!

leslie 4 years ago

please sign me up to help – would love to donate.
thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together!
Amazing!

Jean Swent 4 years ago

I am a mother of 4 children two of which are disabled. I do not even have the money for meals for the days they are not in school let alone Thanksgiving. My income barely covers the bills. Without help there will be no Thanksgiving. I appreciate what you are doing. God Bless You!

Genni 4 years ago

Sign me up to help.

Marisa 4 years ago

I think this is one of the most wonderful things I’ve seen this season. I’m one of the ones stuck in the middle. I can’t afford to donate but don’t necessarily need the help either, as there are many, MANY more less fortunate than we are. We are squeaking by. But I just wanted to thank you and everyone who agreed to donate from the bottom of my heart. You are all so, so generous.

Annie 4 years ago

I can give $25. Please let me know how.

Tracie Poche 4 years ago

It’s hard enough to put a regular meal on the table, I haven’t even thought about Thanksgiving! My family of 5 includes me my boyfriend, our 3 year old and his 2 sons who are 6 & 4! We don’t qualify for food benefits :(

Tiffini 4 years ago

I can do $25

Elaina M 4 years ago

Count me in, it would be an honor. Thank you for taking action and making a difference.

kl 4 years ago

Our car just died our home is going up for auction on the 30th and our furnace went out. Any help would be amazing

Kelly 4 years ago

I’m in for $25.

Linda R. 4 years ago

This is such a fantastic thing you’re doing. My family & I could really use the help right now, my husband was temporarily laid off from work until the end of the year due to lack of business during this season & were in a car accident this weekend which left us without a car and a hefty deductible to pay off…I know things will get better but right now, they’re tough.

Kathy Yasenosky 4 years ago

If you still need donations, I can do $100. You are doing a great thing.

Angel 4 years ago

Hello, my family is in need of assistance. We have 9 children, so I am not able to work and my husband has a wonderful job that has had many layoffs and thankfully he has not lost his job, but his exwife refuses to pay child support for their four children and I receive for two of my four and there is never enough to cover our necessary costs. Thank you so much for what you are doing it is such a blessing.

megryansmom 4 years ago

I’d love to help out a local family. Let me know how I can help!

jenn 4 years ago

Are you still taking donations? Sign me up for $25… and thank you for doing this. I work with families who live in poverty, and I just love the feel of a community coming together.

deborah l quinn 4 years ago

coming late to this post and this wonderful idea. Count me in for $50. And thank you for harnessing the energy of the internet to a great, great cause

Simone 4 years ago

I’m in for $25.

Kim 4 years ago

I’ve already asked for assistance for myself, & I just want to say thank you again to everyone here, this whole thing is very moving. Anyways, I’m unable to help anyone financially as were struggling more than ever before but you all are so inspiring I had to do something. I tried to reach my sister-in-law so that maybe she could come here too, but I don’t think she got my messages. Anyway, I would like to post on her behalf, & request assistance for her & her family. She has 4 kids & recently lost her job. I know they’ve been going through some rough times. She has helped me before so I wanted to do something for her. If its not too late, I hope she & her family can get some help & can have a good Thanksgiving as well. Thank you & bless you all.

Alysa Turner 4 years ago

I am in need of help, my fiance lost his job recently so we don’t have money for thanksgiving.

Carolyn Hodges 4 years ago

I am a single mother of 4 kids and could use the help for thanksgiving.

stacy 4 years ago

i would be happy to help, absolutely. let me know.

amy deeter 4 years ago

i could really use the help this year.im a family of 4 and cant afford anything for thanksgiving
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynette 4 years ago

I can help with $50. Like you I’ve been fortunate. Although there’s been years where things have been tight, I’ve always managed to buy Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I’m more than happy to help those who haven’t been as lucky.

Tara 4 years ago

I would be happy to help with $25

Barbara 4 years ago

I have a neighbor who could really use some help this thanksgiving.They make $21 over the guidlines for any state assistance.I have watched the struggle for the past year and think it would be so wonderful to know they can have a meal without worry.This is such a wonderful thing you all are doing.I am truly blessed to have come across your site.Happy Holidays!!

E & J Gedeon 4 years ago

Count me in…we can help with 4. We have been blessed and definitely want to share.

Jacqueline 4 years ago

Honestly, I’m sitting here looking at bills. The cost of fuel is Once I pay everything for this half of the month, I will lucky to be able to have money to not only get my daughter and I (we are vegan) food for the rest of the month, including Thanksgiving. As well as, money for my omnivore husband to have Thanksgiving. Yet, if we have $25 left over, I will give our last to help someone else. Isn’t that what we should be doing? This is beautiful what you are doing.

Michelle 4 years ago

This is such a spectacular idea! I blogged about this and will be sharing it on facebook! I hope that families in need will take advantage of this!! I am praying for you all <3

Merry 4 years ago

I’m embarrassed to have to ask for help, but as a widow with four children, we could certainly use it. We receive assistance in the form of food stamps, and I stretch them as far as possible, but this would mean being able to actually have a real holiday meal.

I’vefallen&Ican’tgetup 4 years ago

Family, 4 children, trying to make it off of 1 income. Some months we scrap by while others fail miserably. (Car accident, 2 broken feet, and 3 broken ribs with little medical coverage = BIG medical bills) I work odd and end jobs trying to pull in anywhere we can. Haven’t applied for state help yet and I really would like not to but it is getting difficult. Just trying my best to keep my dignity and sanity in this mess….it’s just so hard to grasp, being broke. How in the world did I get here?! It’s kinda frustrating! Would so love to be offering help but I am asking? Sorry.

Annonymous 4 years ago

What you are doing here is amazing. I really wish we could donate. We are a family of 6 and trying to get back on our feet and don’t have any spare money to have a good Thanksgiving dinner, so if there’s any donations left my family would be really greatful to receive some help. Thank you for what you are doing for all the families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner.

TiredMommy 4 years ago

I am so thankful for this opportunity. My husband works full time and I go to school. We have four children and they are all old enough to know what they *should* be getting for dinner on thanksgiving. Our problem this year is that all of our prescription costs have gone up dramatically while our income has gone down. I no longer receive a small stipend for school expenses. If possible, we could really use the assistance this year. It would be such a blessing. Thank you for this kindness.

Rachel 4 years ago

I can do $25. Thank you for setting this up.

Lynn 4 years ago

This is an excellent kindness. I have spent today sobbing most of the time when the phone rings because it is just another bill collector reminding me that a payment is late. My nerves are shot, and I have spent the grocery month for the month making small payments to keep them at bay. Thanksgiving is a pipe dream. I think I’d forgotten other people can be so kind. Thank you for the reminder.

lisa 4 years ago

I wish I could be one of the helpers, but being a one income family and expecting our third child in 8 weeks unfortunately we are not. If you have extra donations. I would love the help to provide dinner for my family. Thank you to everyone!

Kris 4 years ago

My family is not able to have thanksgiving this year. We are barely hanging on to our home and car so that I can get to work and most days I am praying I will get to work. If I could just be able to fix a simple meal for my kids that would be wonderful. thank you for doing this I am sure that you will help a lot of families.

LN 4 years ago

Such a beautiful idea. I’ve been unemployed for nearly three years now and the financial stress is really about to break my husband apart. So any help this thanksgiving would be sincerely appreciated. I have been loosing sleep about how to feed us and my mom this year. Our friends have invited us over but we haven’t gone in years because we can’t afford a gift for the host. Good luck with this …its really amazing.

Anonymous 4 years ago

I could certainly use the help this year. I have very small children who won’t remember this holiday, and I normally wouldn’t make much of it considering our financial status. However, this year, we took in my sister’s 3 children because they lost their home and she had to leave the state to find work. I’ve been going back and forth on whether the food served would make a difference to these children, but they are teens and would likely be disappointed to not have the socially traditional meal.

This offer of generosity is so heart-warming! I thank God for giving you the idea and for ALL the people who are in positions to help!

gretchen 4 years ago

I would love to donate $25 to a family who needs help.

Christine 4 years ago

I unfortunately fall under the category of needing help.I haven’t been working due to a heart issue, my husband’s umemployment is almost up & he hasn’t been able to find work so money is super tight. Even Christmas might be a little skimpythis year. I’m usually one to help instead of asking for help, but I guess we all need it sometimes. God Bless.

Andrea Lawrence 4 years ago

I do not like to ask for help, but this time of the year is very hard on us. We are living on only one paycheck with 3 children, and we do not have any family around us who could help out. Grocery shopping is very stressful lately, and many foods became a luxury item what we used to buy. Any small amount of gift card would be a great help for us, if is possible, and not too late. Thank you and God bless you!

Danielle M 4 years ago

I’m glad this site exists for those who are less fortunate. I would love to be able to help a family this thanksgiving by being able to donate 25$ :)
hope many of you have a happy thanks giving full of love!

Mrs. D-Zo 4 years ago

Sorry I’m late to the game. Put me down for two dinners.

Jenny 4 years ago

I’m a single mom of a 4 year old beautiful boy and we would appreciate any help we can get in the food department…if you get more in need than donators, one gift card would be fine for us. Thank you so much reading this brought tears to my eyes. We need to figure out how to bring the prices of milk and bread down, this is getting ridiculous!

Lizzy 4 years ago

We are a family of 5. My husband has some health problems and hasn’t worked in 12 years. I work “full time” 32 hours a week and we get food stamps. In the past we haven’t really had any trouble buying thanksgiving dinner, but this year it seems like food is way more expensive.I was planning on feeding my kids alot of ramen this month to afford turkey dinner.We would be really happy to have some help.This is a really great thing you are doing.Thank you so much , as well as thanks to all the people who donate.I am so glad I am following you on twitter. Thanks again, and happy holidays to everyone.

Nellie 4 years ago

Count me in for $25, awesome idea.

My sister 4 years ago

I am nominating my sister. She is struggling very bad and with a house of six ourselves we are doing all we can. I know she is too proud to ask. Thank you for all your help

Jennifer Hodges 4 years ago

We are one of those family in needs to help with thanksgiving.

Katie 4 years ago

I’d love to help with $25. Thanks so much for organizing this…a fabulous idea!

shawn main 4 years ago

that truly hits home with me, there have been many times when i just felt so overwhelmed with things, since ex is over 30,000 in arrears and no matter what court says he is to do, he refuses to pay support, and hasnt seen the girls in years, so i will sit and bawl my eyes out at night many times, thinking they are asleep, but have been caught more than once with them sneaking up on me asking why i am crying, its a hard thing to have to go through, and knowing there are wonderful people out there who truly care, makes it a little more bearable at times. thank you and everyone so much.

Cassandra 4 years ago

Put me down for $25.
As one of the children (now an adult) who has had to go with out on Thanksgiving and Christmas more often than not, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea just how much this means. I remember standing in line with my parents, just to be told there wasn’t enough. I remember hearing my mother cry when she thought we were asleep because my parents couldn’t provide for us. Thank you all.

shawn main 4 years ago

i asked for myself couple days ago, but if you have any extra when all is done, my freind and babysitter has a little boy whos 7 and a little girl whos only about 6 months old, and her ex passed away a while back and she isnt working right now (other than babysitting for me after school which isnt alot of money) so she has a realy hard time, she has no computer, and is looking for one so she can get on sites like this and also to go back to school like i have, so i thought i would see if i could possibly help her just a little too by asking for help for her. if you do decide to help her, i can send her address and name. this is really an amazing thing you are all doing, its wonderful people like all of you who make the hard times not so hard for those of us who are struggling. i am praying that now i am back in school, i can find a good paying job to support myself and my kids without needing any help, and then i can give back to others like others have helped us.

Crystal 4 years ago

I’m a single mom of 3 children. I recently lost my job and broke my hand. I don’t have electric at my house and my van broke down. I’m having a hard time right now and appreaciate any help. Thank you in advance.

Amy Simko 4 years ago

I shared this wonderful opportunity with Gifted in Michigan and hope to see many members helping out too!

c 4 years ago

I am so embarrassed that I am still struggling. I thought last year that by this time I would be totally on my own two feet. I’m a single mom, working for myself, but business has been bad. I just had a huge fight with my father who told me I need to get my shit together. I feel like crap.

Samantha 4 years ago

I’m in for $25! Please email me with the deets. Great idea!

Nikki richardson 4 years ago

Count me in. Let me know where to send the $$,

N 4 years ago

I wish I was in a position to help but sadly at this time I am in need. I lost my job last year and have not been able to find another. My husband works as much as he possibly can, but recently due to the nature of his work has been having back and shoulder problems that have caused him to have to take time off. We have 2 little girls who I would love to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal for. This is truly amazing what you are doing here, as well as all of the wonderful people who are contributing.

Karen B 4 years ago

This is somewhat embarrasing but I can’t afford to put dinner on my table for Thanksgiving… I just lost my job and we are living in my parents’ rental house with one income, I don’t want this first Thanksgiving together to be a crappy one. My live-in boyfriend cant afford to buy dinner so we weren’t going to do anything. Just so you all know this made me cry when I read all of the posts from people just like me willing to donate money just so that I can give my DD5 a decent Thanksgiving. When we say our dinnertime prayers on 11/25/11 I will make sure that everyone that donated is in those prayers! Again Thank You Sooo Much!!!!

Phase Three of Life 4 years ago

What a great idea! I’m blessed to be in a position to help. Count me in for $25.

Lisa 4 years ago

I have a coworker that would greatly benefit from this! She is struggling to put food on the table for her family as it is with Thanksgiving next week she came to me asking for a loan, it breaks my heart knowing i can not personally help her when i myself am struggling to provide for my own son. She is a fantastic person and so caring to everyone around her! If you have an open spot this would be fantastic for her! She works extremly hard and pinchs and saves as much as possile to try to make ends meet with work getting slower and the bills piling up it breaks my heart knowing her family will not have a thanksgiving.

Tara 4 years ago

I thought the same thing but if you look back in the comments many people are spreading this through local computers and notes! An anonymous person left a note on a library table and the next person was a Mom needing the help. Remember word of mouth still exists as well as nominating a family in need. Have faith that this will reach who it needs to as there are so many in need out there just making this dent will make a world of difference for many!

JK 4 years ago

I wish I had the money to donate. I moved away from my abusive husband this year and am living in a tiny house just to get away. Been fighting to get food stamps for awhile. I go without most nights so that the kids can eat. I wish our first Thanksgiving together as a happier family could be a real holiday, but it won’t be. It’s a great thing you’re doing. I’m hoping we’re in the position to help others in the near future.

Mariah T. 4 years ago

I would love to donate, just let me know how.

Diane Geurts 4 years ago

This is tremendous. Love to pitch in with $25. Please match me up.

Anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for that, it means a lot. I repeat that phrase to myself so often! It’s a little reminder to me that it hasn’t always been this way, and it won’t be this way forever. Thanks again. :)

Lacey H. 4 years ago

My mother and father always did holiday meals for us. Since my mom passed and my dad lost his job it’s been very hard for him, he doesnt want to really celebrate anymore. I do my best, but it’s hard being a single mom. ( with no help from child’s father) If I am not to late and there is still help available it would be greatly appreciated, it’s very important to me to have my family together on the holidays. This is an amazing thing you are doing, hopefully next year I can give back!

Diane Anderson 4 years ago

Hi,

We are a family of 7 (we have 22 month old triplets) and my husband is active duty Navy. We have one income. Every year is tough for us, not matter what the occasion. We do not do sports because of cost, we never vacation, my husband is gone every fifth day overnight (not mention that he was deployed for 8 month this year). Every month I stand in three free food lines, sometimes with my children).

I would like to qualify for the Thanksgiving dinner. Please let me know what I need to do.

Amy Simko 4 years ago

My son (4 years old) has a piggy bank with three categories…one is share! I told him about what you are doing and he said he’d like to use his share money to help out. Please count Hayden in for $25.

Tuesday G. 4 years ago

This enitre blog and all the comments have braught tears to my eyes. I wish i could donate but i dont have a bank, or cc since I am only 14. My family is below the poverty line, But just high enough that we can afford Thanksgiving. My Dad and mom have never let us go without. I wanted to make a suggestion for someone who is dear and close to me. I watch her son from time to time, because she can not afford to pay a sitter. She is young and yet so frail, She has faught with cancer her entire life, And tho she is in remission now, she just lost her home, Her and her son, have been boucing back and forth between women shelters all year and they have just been placed into a transitional housing, she recieves about $650 a month for her disability she is unable to physically work. Her son has Neurological defects and autism. The father is not in the picture and does not pay support. I nearly broke down in tears one day after seeing she had made a big lunch for her son, and sat down with some crackers and mustard. that was her meal. She eats like that all the time and she needs to get healthy or the cancer will walk right back in and possibly take her away from that adorable little boy this time. I’ve called the local food pantries in the area to see what type of assistance she could get,. and very little is out there. And living in a community that has more churches then streets it seems, There is just no hope/help for her. It saddens me that there are so many Christians out there but it takes a miracle from someone so far away, and you cant get that from someone in your own neighborhood. I thank you all for your contributions to this cause, I have not givin up faith, God sends out guardian Angels and maybe just maybe I am one of them. I see many many guardian angels on this wall. here. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. God bless.

Adrian 4 years ago

I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving this year, for my mom and my recently widowed stepmom. I’m so grateful to be in a position to provide for my moms. I’d love to help out a family in need; put me down for $25!

b22 4 years ago

This is fantastic I hope I made it in time. I would like to nominate someone if possible. My parents have had an awful year and could use ome help! My dad is barely working he recently made a new career choice which did not pan out as well as expected and they are having a rough time. My mom is not the kind to ask for something like this she is always giving to others and doing her best to make everyone else around her as happy as possible. I have a younger brother and sister still living at home with my parents with Thanksgiving right around the corner and no income currently coming in this would be a true blessing for them!

courtney delaura 4 years ago

oh yes, please I would love to help!

Jessie 4 years ago

My family could really use the help. Its my daughters first year being able to eat a thanksgiving dinner, but unfortunately ever since i got out of the Marine Corps this past August things have been really hard on our family financially. And all I ask is a nice Thanksgiving. If you can help it would be greatly appreciated. I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you.

Wishes 4 years ago

What a wonderful thing you have started here, such a blessing to so many! I wish with all my heart that I could help with a donation, but this year we live dollar to dollar and, like so many others, make to much to get help and are barely able to get the food our family of five needs and still keep our electric on. We would love a little extra help so that buying Thanksgiving Dinner doesn’t strain our already tightly limited food budget, Thank You for this blessing. Despite our struggles I count myself blessed to wake up each morning a share one more day with my family and will for sure be passing your site along so that you are able to get more donations and praying that next year we’ll be in a position to give help instead of asking to receive it. But please, for sure put us at the very bottom of your list because I am sure that there are others that need this extra help more than we do, a tight food budget is easy compared to none at all.

Marie 4 years ago

This is a very humbling thing to say but we are one of those that could use the help for the meal. My idea this year was to share our Thanksgiving meal with a family in need, we have done this every year for the past 8 years and now because of our money situation, we find ourselves one of those. I would still love to share this meal with another family and would do so willingly and even send pics :) of the blessing we would receive and be able to share. Thanks for doing things like this for others. I want our family to be an example of this as well.

Ritesh Patel 4 years ago

What a fab thing…count me in for $25.

Jacquie 4 years ago

maybe i can be of assistance here a little since i am on this program with Comcast. Must have at least one child that receives free or reduced school lunches. more details here http://www.internetessentials.com/ and while I’m here, there is also another program that helps low income families have a cell phone. As long as you are on one of the assistance programs listed on their website. safetylink.com they provide the phone, and you get up to 250 free minutes each month depends on what plan you pick.

Thanks again and God Bless you all.

anonymous 4 years ago

It touches my heart so much that you are doing this <3 I would love help. My husband, 6 children and I thank you so much!

Jane 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. Just let me know how!

April 4 years ago

I would love to donate $25 – please let me know how to proceed.

anonymous 4 years ago

The help would be great. my husbands hours have been cut way back for the past few month and with five kids all the help I can get can really help

Cassie Stephenson 4 years ago

Oh, I’m in northeast Los Angeles area (90031), if that helps.

Cassie Stephenson 4 years ago

I’m in for $25. Where/how can I send it?

Kathryn 4 years ago

I can give $25 – count me in!

Laura 4 years ago

I can help. Put me down for $25 if it isn’t too late. I’m in the DC/Northern Virginia area. Moms need to stick together. We ALL need a little help sometimes!

samantha castros 4 years ago

How can I get help? We are struggling to even pay rent this month let alone have thanksgiving dinner. I could write a whole long story about why we need help and will if you want but I am setting aside my pride asking for help without revealing intimate details. Cananyone please help?

tofudog 4 years ago

Jill, ask and you shall receive! I’m late to respond but please put me down for $50. I have a paypal account. If you have more donations than families, perhaps use the $ to buy grocery gift cards and give them to a local food bank. The food banks in our local DC suburb are very low and always looking for ways to stock up, especially after the holidays are over and giving will slow down.

Valerie 4 years ago

Its hard to admit but we are struggling this year. Hubbys hours at work have got cut a lot this year and we are barely getting by. With 4 kids and 2 still in diapers I have tried to cut costs by switching to cloth diapers but I still do not have nearly enough. If there is enough I would be so gratefull for any help. If there is not that is ok I have faith it will all work out. :) Thank you !

Rachel 4 years ago

I’d like to help out. I’ll have to talk with my husband to determine how much we can give, but please let me know what I can do. Is it possible to contribute to someone in our area?

sheri 4 years ago

Hi – I just discovered your blog from the food yenta and would love to contribute (2) $25 donations – I will also share this on my FB page, blog and twitter. Please let me know how to proceed.

Well done and so very nice to meet you!

PA 4 years ago

Such a great idea, and I’m so happy to help. Put me down for $25!

Julia 4 years ago

I can donate! Hope it’s not too late.

Rachael 4 years ago

We would be so grateful. It would be great to be able to give my family Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you all so much.

Sarrah Tague 4 years ago

Im in.

Tiffany 4 years ago

I am wanting to get my kids involved in either helping deliver food to people for Thanksgiving and or Christmas presents. Do you know of anywhere we can help out physically? We don’t have much money to donate but I would love to help out. We live near San Bernardino/ Palm Springs CA

Shelly 4 years ago

My family and I would be so blessed to recieve help.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

Thanks so much, I really appreciate that. I think I’m in good shape (finally!) but will let you know if I get overwhelmed!

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s a valid concern. In my position, on the on-line world, this seemed to make great sense. But, of course, there is a need everywhere.

Nichole 4 years ago

Can you email me please :)

Stephanie@Geezees 4 years ago

count me in for $25 – invoice me at paypal address samorris230@gmail.com

thanks Jill !!

Linda G. 4 years ago

My husband has been unemployed for over 2 years. We have exhausted our savings and his unemployment benefits, and things are very, very, scary now. We have 4 children. We could use a little help, if it is not too late and there is something still available. Thank you.

Jana 4 years ago

I can do $25! Just let me know where to send it!

Anon 4 years ago

More month than money and more mouths than food. I hate to ask, but we could use some help this year. Thanks!

Laura 4 years ago

Count me in for $50. What a wonderful idea.

jenn 4 years ago

I too am a single mom of 4 wonderfull children and it would mean the world to us if we could have a “real” thanksgiving. THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this for families in need and spreading the word not to be embarrassed about struggling

Jenjen 4 years ago

I’m thrilled to be able to help, thank you so much for doing this!

Genevieve 4 years ago

I really feel compelled to do something good… This has inspired me so much… I can’t do a whole lot… But I was thinking that I REALLY want to make Christmas happen for a local family in need this year… Not going to be able to do it alone… I hop that I can find a way to make this work.

Anonymous 4 years ago

What a wonderful and sacrificial offer you are making! My husband lost his job several months back and money is really tight. If you still have enough donations to help us out, we would really appreciate it! If you don’t, I understand, and am glad that you were able to help whoever you could. Blessings to you!

Katie 4 years ago

Thank you to your husband for his service, and to you and your kids for supporting him through it.

Cara 4 years ago

This is such an amazing thing you are doing! I would like to ask for help this year. My husband lost his job and we were thinking of cutting out the Thanksgiving meal this year. If there was a way to help, I would and will absolutly pass this on. Thank you!

sarah 4 years ago

You are a blessing to all. It is a VERY wonderful thing that you are doing. I think, at one time or another, everyone has been in your shoes. My husband and I both work full time jobs and there are still times that I sit and cry because I’m not sure if we’ll have food for us and (especially) our kids, through the week. HOWEVER…we do get by. I’m just someone who gets emotional very easy. I wish I could give something but seeing that we just get by, I’m not able to. I just wanted to say ‘THANK YOU’. May God grant you with everything that you need to continue.

Maureena 4 years ago

I wish I was able to help this year – perhaps next year. I am recovering from a major medical situation and am struggling to make ends meet myself. This is the first year I have been in this position as an adult and it is just awful. I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you for this undertaking. You will be blessed for all you do. Thank you.

Karen 4 years ago

Please count me in for a $25 donation. My greatest fear is not being able to feed my boys. We are blessed and I am happy to share that blessing with others.

Amanda 4 years ago

I can help.

Lamitra Randle 4 years ago

I would love to help, if you have someone in Houston, TX that would be awesome if not, I could donate.

Andie 4 years ago

We could use some help. My DH has been out of steady work for nearly 3 years. We have 4 littles and lost our food stamps over the summer. We would be ever so grateful. Thank you.

Nancy 4 years ago

I’d like to help. Email me to let me know what to do. Thanks for your concern for the moms!

kim 4 years ago

I think this is amazing. I just got all my thanksgiving fixin’s yesterday! I can’t contribute at this time but I will pass the word along. I already posted this link to my FB. God Bless you :)

Ruth 4 years ago

Wow. I just wanted to comment that it is amazing how many are helping! We are in a tight spot so I cannot help, hopefully next year I can! I assume you are doing this next year since it’s so successful?
We are having Thanksgiving at our house this year but my parents are buying all the food. It’s rough being a single income family, that’s for sure!
I’m sharing, tweeting, and spreading the word!

Cams 4 years ago

Oh my gosh. This is amazing.

I don’t have $25 this year, but I can post about this on my blog…get the word out there even more.

Cheers.

Anoynomous 4 years ago

i cant believe what i am reading. You guys are wonderful! My family is in need of help, and it would be so appreciated. My problem is there is no way to show you how thankful we will be. But One day you will reap your rewards in heaven ;). What blessings!!!! Please do this again next year, because i KNOW He will get us through this and we will be able to help next year. Thank you again and again.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

I’m thinking I may want to refer people to a food bank, but we’ll see if we have leftover. For a while, it seemed like we might, but there have been lots of requests. But, that’s a nice idea!

Sophie Gold 4 years ago

I was so moved by this post, I would like to donate $75 so that three families can have a great Thanksgiving. Let me know how I can do this.

Thanks

Tanisha Robinson 4 years ago

Hello all…
My family could definitely use some help this Thanksgiving.
DH is home with boys as childcare is out of our financial scope at this time. We have been declined any state or county assistance as I make $400over the eligible guidelines. Go figure no one takes in account of the existing bills.
We ran out of food on Friday and the food pantry says I make to much. Pay day can’t come quick enough.
Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Thank you!

C 4 years ago

We could really use the help. My husband was recently laid off and I am doing my best to support our family. We have 3 kids and we are one of those falling through the cracks families. We don’t make enough to buy our necessities, but too much for assistance like food stamps. This is a wonderful idea, and I thank you so very very much!

C Michel 4 years ago

I posted yesterday I’d be more than happy to donate. I would like to offer help as well with matching people up if there is anything I can do, just let me know!

Sandy 4 years ago

I can give $50.

Jenny 4 years ago

I have a bit of leftover money from a recent trip to the US (I live in the UK) about $22 can I will drop this in the post today if you let me know where!

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That would be much appreciated- thank you!!

VJJ 4 years ago

I know of a 54 yr old single grandma who could really use the help.She has been taking care of her 3 yr old grand daughter since birth.She lost her job about 5 months ago and just now found a new job only 20 hrs a week with no benefits.She is not in the greatest health and can’t even afford her meds.Her g-daughter is her world and she always makes sure her needs come first.I am in no position to help her myself.They area she lives has very limited agency to help her out.She is a great g-mother and deserves any help she can get.Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this.You are a blessing to so many :)

Lyka Ricks 4 years ago

I’m deeply touch with this post. My prayers for the kind hearted and for fellows who are in need of these days. May God Bless you All!

Di 4 years ago

Please don’t feel it’s humiliating at all to ask for help. It is a very brave thing!! The situation you are in is not due to any form of failure or fault of your own but simply bad luck. It could be any of us…nothing is guaranteed in this world. I know it may be easy to say but this too shall pass…
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Dinene 4 years ago

I have a taker who would rather not put herself out there as well, but her husband just passed away, and she has no job or money to speak of. She’s done so much for other people… This would be wonderful for her as well if you have any givers to match up for her!

Dinene 4 years ago

Hey Jill, I don’t have the cash to spare at this time, but I do have Foodstamps, and I will gladly give 25 or 50 worth of food to any local ScaryMommy (I’m in Ohio!) in need… It may not be a gift card, but I’m a bargain shopper and am willing to deliver a lovely thanksgiving meal to someone in the same boat as me….

Delana 4 years ago

Dont know if there will be enough to go around; but if there is me and my family would greatly appreciate the help. We forced to move to Seattle this summer and due to some health issues with my son we no longer have a two income household.

Thank you so much for even the chance. It’s a wonderful thought to know people like you still exist.

Kim 4 years ago

I could use the help. This year looks to be as depressing as the past several years. I lost my job. Then I began having health problems. My husband has diabetes & I don’t know how much longer he will be able to work. We will be losing our water & electricity this week. Our car broke down, beyond repair a few weeks ago. Between the medical bills & my not working & not having enough for bills or to replace our car, Thanksgiving & Christmas both appear to be out of the question. Were being tested, & I don’t know how much lower we can get! It is wonderful what every single of you are doing. It brings tears to my eyes to see that there are still such wonderful, kind people out there. I hope I can have surgery soon & be able to get a job so that next year I can help others as well. Bless you all.

Sara 4 years ago

I want to first say that I love that you are doing this!!!!!! I second want to say that I am sorry I can’t be a part of this outside of support. That upsets me greatly! I am in a position where I just barely feed my family. We live day to day and paycheck to paycheck, getting a tip at work makes our day (and makes things less stressful). I grew up hungry, like some of the people who have posted in the confessional, and it is horrible!!! I will never forget the night I went to sleep crying because I was so hungry and my mother went to sleep hungrier and sadder than me because she hadn’t eaten in days. The fact that my girls eats twice a day is important to me, I go two or three days between meals, but my family eats. Thank you so much for being a voice to those who truly need it!!!!!!!!! My hubby has a concern that is very valid. The people who need help the most are also the people who have no access to the internet. What can we all do to reach out to them??? Anything I can do to help, please let me know!

Jacquie 4 years ago

This is so precious what you are doing here. I could really use the help, this year has been an outright financial nightmare. I’m disabled single mom, my son is 6 and has recently been diagnosed with Aspergers and Asthma, the medical bills keep piling up, while i have tried getting help thru the state for food expenses $90 in FS each month barely gets us past the second week. I would love the extra help. Perhaps next year I could return the favor for someone else. Thanks.

Melody Williams 4 years ago

You are amazing. Thanks for the love I feel radiating even with the desire to help even if I am not your chosen one. I can really use your help. We are a military family and my husband will miss Christmas (again). He missed Thanksgiving also last year and this giftcard would give us a chance at that turkey dinner and some full bellies for the holiday before he leaves in about two weeks. Thanks again and I truly hope to hear from you and even one day be in a position to be able to help you out in such a wonderful give away.

Christina 4 years ago

We could use help as well. My husband works so hard to support our three children, my disabled mother, and me and I have never been able to make him a real Thanksgiving dinner in 13 years because money has never worked out to allow it and we’ve always put making sure the kids have Christmas above a traditional meal. Please put us at the bottom of the list, though. We have food on our table, just not the extra $ for that one special day.

Roy 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this. We could use the assistance this year we have had family health issues and just seems like keeping our head above water is hard these days. God Bless you!!!

CWJ 4 years ago

Hello,
I really do need the help. My husband just left for deployment and I am pregnant with our fourth child in which I am due to give birth December 14th but I have been having contractions lately. If I could get a gift card this would help alot since we only been in the military for four years. I greatly appreciate all the help I can get.

Caitlin 4 years ago

I hate asking for help from anyone but we are completely on our asses….we had to move from NC to RI because it was the only way we would have a roof over our heads but once we got here we ran into serious issues. As it turns out my boyfriend had an aneurysm and he almost died, he had a coil placed in his brain and is only experiencing some numbness in his leg but because of it he cannot work and U dont know what to do! This is our sons first Thanksgiving he is 9 months old and it just makes me want to cry that we are so down on luck right now that we cant even afford a turkey. I am crying as I type this because I feel like a horrible mother …..if I could receive one of the gift cards me and my family would be so grateful and I would feel so much love. You guys are amazing for doing something like this.

KDF 4 years ago

We could really use the help this year. My husband is military and I left my job to take care of our 6 month old. I cannot thank you enough

Em tanner 4 years ago

This is great! Dunno how I’m just now seeing this. Will post link and info on my blog and site too. Put me down for 4…I always do one for each kid so they can start to understand how lucky they are:). Glad to help! Let us know what to do.

MHG 4 years ago

God Bless all of you…..

MHG 4 years ago

This is sooo great of all of you. I have four kids and could really use the help as well. My husband is a hard worker and daycare is more than i would make for us to pay for my little one. Thank you sooooo much thanks just is not enough.

nicole cornutt 4 years ago

I just want to say that I think this is such a wonderful thing you are doing. Usually this is my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, this year I am struggling just to keep a roof over my children’s heads and food on the table. I was hospitalized in June for two weeks with a life threatening illness. After two emergency surgeries I was finally released to go home, although I still had months of recovery ahead of me. Less than a week after I got home, my husband moved 500 miles away and asked for a divorce. The divorce is still pending and I have had no financial help from my husband. I have been struggling to make payments on my hospital bills and to support myself and my kids. Although times are tough, I am hopeful for a brighter future.

Hands Free Mama 4 years ago

Thank you for the opportunity to help. Please count me in for $25. Please let me know where to send it. I am inspired by you and by all these comments here.

Heidi H. 4 years ago

Single Mom, 2 little boys, working full-time. Sure could use a little extra love this time of year. I try not to let my boys know how bad it is, they’re still so young (6 & 4) and shouldn’t have to have “adult problems,” so any grace and mercy would be a blessing for our family.

Nancy 4 years ago

This is wonderful Jill! Please let me know what I can do to help.

alesha 4 years ago

Embarassing, but we too could use help this year. With 2 little ones, and one on the way, I am a stay at home mom, and while i am thankful my hubby has a job, we have been living paycheck to paycheck with the new house payment and vehicle repairs needed! This would help us out soooo much! God bless you all!

Cindy H 4 years ago

I’m in and I am local (B’more), let me know where I can send a grocery gift card if that will work. If Moms ran the world no one would be hungry. Good work you are doing here, hope it hasn’t overwhelmed you!

Lisa L 4 years ago

Thanks for doing this. I would love to help. Sign me up!

billy 4 years ago

My family could use the help this holiday. Louisiana area.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

Yes, I think we’re in good shape. If you have someone, send them over.

ConnieFoggles 4 years ago

Are you looking for people in need? I heard that you were, but don’t want to start asking until I hear it from you directly.

Catherine 4 years ago

I just got back from yoga and was thinking about how fortunate I am to have so much. My heart aches knowing that so many people struggle to make ends meet. Count me in. And thank you so much for coordinating this!

Diona 4 years ago

I’m in for $100. Just send the details. So happy to have the extra to give for the first time.

Karla Valenti 4 years ago

What a wonderful idea! I would love to help out. Please count me in for $25. Thank you for what you are doing!

Karla Valenti 4 years ago

What a wonderful idea. I

Leanne 4 years ago

Thanks for this blog. There are so many people out there that are living on nothing. Due to a bad divorce I my financial situation is desperate. I hate having to skimp on food or paying for it with a credit card. And it is hard to let family or feinds know. They can’t understand how bad it is when I do tell them. thanks

PartlySunny 4 years ago

Just saw this. Put me down for $50 if it’s not too late.

Today I wrote a rant about how messed up everyone seems to be right now — there are so many terrible things happening. So thank you, everybody, for restoring some of my faith in humanity. I don’t need money or food right now, but I really needed this.

Redheadstepmom 4 years ago

I’m in for $50. Bless you.

Cassie 4 years ago

This blog brought tears to my eyes. I spend so much on meaning less things. I would be honored to help someone fed their kids. How do I donate?

Marie 4 years ago

If you need another donor, I would be glad to help.

Amanda 4 years ago

We will give $50. Thank you for doing what we all should.

Jen 4 years ago

I’ll pledge $100. This is amazing. I can’t stop tearing up.

Iris 4 years ago

I can give $15. Sorry it’s not the whole $25, but I might be losing my job soon too. I’m willing to share a little of what I have because I know for sure I will have enough for thanksgiving & Christmas for my son. So if I can help even a little I’ll do what I can. We are all in this together right?

Nikki 4 years ago

If it’s not too late, we would love some help. The kids’ bio mom claims them for food stamps but doesn’t feed them or help us out. We make too much since we can only claim our one child. You’re a wonderful person for putting this together

mcs 4 years ago

I’d love to help – I’m in for $25 if you’re still making matches!

Keri Ballantine Hoke 4 years ago

Sign me up for $25. And thank you for taking the time to organize this!

Jessica 4 years ago

I want to help!!

LeaAnne 4 years ago

As a single mother of 3 wonderul (read insanity inducing) girls I have struggled more than I care to admit. For once (thanks in part to enormous amounts of help from family and friends) I can help, put me down for $25!! AND if there is anything more that I can do please let me know!!

jessica 4 years ago

I tryed to post a comment earlier but it didnt post, so i hope this isnt a double post. My husban has a full time job and i have a part time job, for the next few week anyways because i am due with our little girl in 3weeks. We have two wonderful boys already, our family is a step vamily but we dont have steps or halfs, we are just family. We are struggling like a lot of people, we were just going to skip a thanksgiving dinner this year because we havent even been able to pay our rent yet, and we cant even begain to think of how we will do christmas this year. We tryed to get some assistantce but we make 7dollars to much, which doesnt do us anygood. If people are still being matched we would love to be able to give the kids a thanksgiving dinner, if not thank you for doing this , everyone involed is amazing

Heather M 4 years ago

Please count me in for $25. What a fantastic idea and I feel blessed to be able to help. Thanks!

Margo 4 years ago

Count us in for $50 – would love to help. You are awesome for putting this together.

Roo {NiceGirlNotes} 4 years ago

Hey Jill, leaving a comment per our conversation. I know a fam that could use the help. Let me know if you want contact info. Count me in to donate // spread the word. xo

Law Momma 4 years ago

I don’t have much, but what I have, I’ll give. Sign me up; everyone deserves a good meal AT LEAST once a year.

Lisa 4 years ago

I just found your website and I am truley inspired! It’s so nice to not feel alone :)
I am usually the one donating food to shelters and toys for tots…this year we are stuggling to put food on the table and pay the bills…I have never been one to ask for help, always been the one to give to give extra change to the person on the corner.
You are doing a wonderful thing here helping families with Thanksgiving dinner.
My family could use the help for Thanksgiving…Wow that was hard……

Zoe 4 years ago

If you take weeks off because you are too busy matching people, that would be MOST excellent. Please sign me up FOR $25. And thanks for your ever inspiring and meaningful words. They wake me up every day!

Debby 4 years ago

Wow… at this late date I am not sure if you are still conecting people. I just found this today at the suggestion of a friend. My husband was laid off two weeks ago and though his unemployment will be approved we do not anticipate receiving any funds until after Thanksgiving. We have four boys and would really appreciate any help. I never thought we would be in a position of needing help instead of giving it but here we are. Thank you to everyone that helped with this wonderful idea. Next year when things are looking better we will be sure to pay it forward.

Sarah Manley 4 years ago

Put me down for a dinner. Love this.

Eric 4 years ago

If you’re still taking donors, put me down for $50. This is a great thing you’re doing, and I’m glad to help.

kristen s 4 years ago

If there’s any more room left I’d like some help to be able to give my father a thanksgiving dinner. I know the children are more important, but he’s very sick in a nursing home and he just loves thanksgiving but lives all alone and can’t go out. You all just doing this for at least one person is a blessing.

Sarah Manley 4 years ago

Love this! Put me down for a dinner.

Patricia 4 years ago

Count me in for $50

Maggie 4 years ago

Please count me in! I’d be happy to donate $25

Heather Larson 4 years ago

I’d like to help, please contact me and let me know what u need.

Candace 4 years ago

Jill, this is an absolutely amazing thing that you are putting together & I am blown away by how many people are willing to help out other families in need that they will never meet.

If you have enough, I would like to be added to receive help. We normally manage to get by with the help of my mom but this year, she is getting hit hard as well. I would love to be able to provide a wonderful dinner for my 4 boys & mom where no one has to worry about how we are going to make up for it. My heart has been touched just by the offer :)

Amy 4 years ago

Count me in for $50 and thank you for your efforts. No one deserves to be hungry, especially when others are celebrating bounty.

Elizabeth 4 years ago

I would love to help!

anon 4 years ago

i would appreciate some small help this holiday

Jenny 4 years ago

Count me in!!!

Kim 4 years ago

I hate to be on this end, but we are struggling. Not sure what we are going to do. Never thought I would be in this situation.

Danielle (elleinadspir) 4 years ago

Not sure if my comment went through. Darn phone. Please count me in to donate. Wonderful post and opportunity to help. Thank you.

Lori 4 years ago

Scary Mama – you rock. Really. How wonderful to reach out. I am in.

Lindsay 4 years ago

Put me down for $25. Just tell me how!

And can I just say….it is SO amazing how much I had to scroll to get to the comment section. So many needs and so many willing and able to help!

Danielle (elleinadspir) 4 years ago

Id love to donate if you are still in need of people. Wonderful post, and opportunity to help.

AimeeJ 4 years ago

Put me down to give a dinner…

frances 4 years ago

If you still need donors (I hope you can handle more), I can give $25.

Lisa 4 years ago

Count me in for $50.

Amanda 4 years ago

If there is any open spots left we could use the help. Thanks to all of you generous people!! Thanks Jill for setting this up for those in need!!

Lara 4 years ago

Wow. I thought it was bad that they told me I make $15 over the limit. Stay strong.

Mama 4 years ago

I never thought I would be here either. Broke and hopeless. I can’t work because of my OA and my husband went into work two weeks ago to find out he had been laid off. The only one in the office with kids, the only one laid off. Public assistance is backed up until January. Now we can either afford to buy food, gas for him to find a job or keep the electricity on. Choices, choices.

It breaks my heart to have to ask for help but if there are enough offers, could you send a little our way? It would mean the world to me and my my boys. Thank you so much for organizing this Jill.

Kelli 4 years ago

I’d love to help out. I can do $50.

shawn main 4 years ago

thank you so much for what you said, it means alot to me to know others are going through rough times too and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. since i became a single mom once again, ( i have two older boys by one marriage that ended 17 years ago, and now two younger girls by another that ended 5 years ago) it has been a really hard struggle, my ex refuses to pay support no matter what the court orders, and i am a waitress so i never know what i am going to make. i started going back to school a year and half ago and am doing very well and hopefully will find a better job soon, and end this struggle for me and my family. its nice to know there are so many caring women out there, willing to help those in need, and one day i hope to be one of those women again too. god bless you!

worried mom 4 years ago

I have always been one to help if I can. This year I just cant give money only my time. If you are still able to help I would love to be able to provide my son with something good to eat. We cant even afford to provide him meat in his diet so I worry about that. I’m so embarassed to ask for help I have never done this before. I think what you are doing is a great thing!!

Colleen 4 years ago

Count me in for $50.00. Just a month ago my family was struggling. We have been there. Today I am able to help. For all of you that are having a hard time, keep your heads up, keep praying and believing. Things will work out. You may have to struggle past the point you think is possible BUT you will come out on the other side a much more humbled, stronger person than you started out being! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! And remember it isn’t necessarily about what you eat but the atmosphere you bring to the table with your loved ones.

Lynette 4 years ago

We have been going through a lot this year losing a job and medical issues, to see this is really makes me want to cry. Just got a job but money will be tight until first paycheck. Thank you so much and believe me I will pay it forward

Robyn 4 years ago

Great idea! Would love to help. Count me in for $50.

Anonymous 4 years ago

This is an amazing thing you’re doing. If there is still room, we would be so grateful for help this year. This is the first time we won’t be able to spend our holidays with family. We’re getting by on one income, but it’s getting tougher with all of bills we’re trying to pay, especially because I’ve had to spend a lot of time at the doctor lately and I lost my health insurance. He has also missed quite a bit of work to take me to and from the hospital. We’ve been lucky that our families have been able to help us in the past, but this year has been much more difficult. Please place us at the bottom, as I know there are more people who need the help more than us. But if there is any room left after that, it would be a huge blessing.

Not Winning Mom of the Year 4 years ago

Leaving a comment so I can help too. This is a fantastic idea, let me know where to send the chq.

Lauren 4 years ago

If you still need it, I can help.

Joanna 4 years ago

I would be happy to donate 25 dollars, if it can be done via paypal (I’m in Europe)

Mom/GramaofMany 4 years ago

You are such a wonderful, caring group of people. Every one of you touch my life daily. But this year times are tough. I don’t know why we, as people, are embarrassed to have to ask for help, but here I am anonymous. I think what you are doing is fantastic. I just know next year will be better for me (I am wishing it true) and I will repay your kindness 10 times over if I can next year. Thank you for helping me if you can.

Wendy Sampson 4 years ago

I just want to say,I have given so many times for others to have a special place to come an have a great dinner. Unfortunately this year I will not be able to do this.We are selves are having a very hard time.My husband is the provider but they have cut his hours.We do get some assistance from our state,but because he does have a job it is very little. Any help at all would really be appreciated. I think you are doing a wonderful thing. I to hope that next year we are able to return in helping others.God Bless YOU!

anonymous 4 years ago

I could definitely use the help this year. You are truly blessing others this holiday season and I thank you in advance for anything that you can do for me.

Lara 4 years ago

I just want to comment and say how touched I am that all of you are giving so generously to those in need. I want so badly to give but I cannot. I am a single, self-employed mother. I am blessed in so many ways, although not financially. Reading all these stories makes me realize what a gift it is to have family nearby. If they were not, I am sure my daughter would not be having a proper Thanksgiving dinner and things would be much more difficult than they are. God bless all of you for reaching out. When you touch one life, the ripple effect can go on infinitely. Happy holidays to all and better times to come. :)

Theresa 4 years ago

I just want to say you are really amazing. This is a fantastic idea.

Annie 4 years ago

This is great. I can do $50.

Sasha 4 years ago

You are an amazing person to think of this, not just for yourself but others. We could very much use the help this year. We normally are the ones to help but my husband was laid off work & I had to quit when I was put on bed rest. I hope if we get the help that next year we will be able to return the favor.

Jean Batthany 4 years ago

Love love love what you’re doing. Had the good fortune of celebrating thanksgiving early this weekend with 2 of my sisters and our kids. Would love to share the joy. Count me in for $50.

Dawn 4 years ago

If you still have people in need I can donate $25. I’m in the Baltimore area if that makes a difference.

Charlene 4 years ago

Let me know how I can help. I would love to make this Thanksgiving happy for a family in need.

Anon 4 years ago

I could really use the help this yr. I would LOVE to help and I hope next yr I wont be asking for help, but instead i can help others.

Lynn 4 years ago

I know what it is like to struggle so now I don’t have to I would love to help, am based in England so can I do PayPal? I could stretch to 2 lots of $25, there are a lot of needy SM’s out there!

Amy Y. 4 years ago

I can help with $25. Give me the details of where to send.

Kenesa 4 years ago

My husband and I have seven kids and rely on food stamps to get by but it’s not enough. We can’t even celebrate Thanksgiving. My husband job just cut his hours and we don’t know how we are going to provide gifts for the kids. We could use some help this Thanksgiving. Thanks

Megan (Best of Fates) 4 years ago

I can do two meals.

(There are financial benefits to not having kids – Cheez-Its for one is pretty easy to swing, money-wise.)

Chelsea 4 years ago

Our family is serving gumbo this year, so let me give someone else out turkey. I’m in for $50.

Nancy Davis Kho 4 years ago

You know I’m in for $25. Let me know how to make it happen.

Jocelyn @ ScooterMarie 4 years ago

I would love to be able to help! Please put me down for a $25 donation.

Anonymous 4 years ago

My husband got a promotion that came with a pay cut. Go figure huh? We are staring down the barrel of bankruptcy right now. Weekly groceries are difficult for us and our boys, who are 2 and 8. The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner stresses me out so much because that’s pretty much my weekly grocery budget…on one meal. It’s humiliating to admit it when you need help, but we sure could use it right about now. You’re doing an amazing thing here, truly amazing.

Kelley 4 years ago

I’m in for $25, let me know what to do next. Thanks for doing this!

Leisel 4 years ago

If you are in the area. Free dinner on 22 & 24

Tuesday November 22   (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
20th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Culinary
Oakland Communities United to Serve – free Holiday Turkey Feast, Live Entertainment and Free Transportation.
Venue: Oakland Marriott City Center
Website: http://www.oaklandnet.com

Thursday November 24   (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Dinner at Two Star Market
Culinary
Two Star Market in the Dimond hosts its 9th annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration. Free dinner of Chicken and Turkey, side dishes, dessert and drinks.
Venue: Two Star Market
Website: http://www.2starmarket.com/

Melissa {momcomm} 4 years ago

I can donate $25, Jill. And I’m more than happy to spread the word. What an amazing thing you’re doing!

Debbie 4 years ago

Put us down for a $25 donation.

Amy 4 years ago

I never thought we’d be in the position to worry about whether or not we can afford groceries. We’re there and it sucks. I can’t tell you how much this means that people are willing to help out. The comments people have posted bring tears to my eyes. God is Good!

Annonymous 4 years ago

What an amazing thing you are doing. As I sat here trying to figure out how to stretch what we have to accommodate Thanksgiving Dinner – I found this shared link on my FB newsfeed. I thought long and hard before getting the nerve to comment. We’re struggling and I’m embarrassed – we don’t qualify for food stamps and I tend to get most of our meals from local food pantries. Except this year our food pantry isn’t offering a Thanksgiving food box. I was devastated to find that out. So, yes, any help someone may be able to provide, my family and I would be forever grateful

Jenn 4 years ago

Since moving to the UK, we don’t “do” Thanksgiving – it’s a regular work day, it’s just the four of us (and my 5yo doesn’t like Turkey. Or stuffing. Or anything but bread).

Please put me down to help – I’m happy to donate my turkey money to a deserving family.

Alexandra 4 years ago

How could I have missed this? Please, count me in. I want a family to have Thanksgiving..for the children.

Absolutely, and always, for the children.

B 4 years ago

My fmaily and I are struggling right now. My husband lost his job, I lost both of my parents a week apart from each other and I have 2 part time jobs and we have no food in the house to eat. I went to apply for food stamps and they said with my 2 part time jobs I make $2.00, yes $2.00 too much for them to help us. How am I to make $2.00 feed 4 people? Thanks for listneing to me, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

anonymous 4 years ago

hi there i am sharing my story in hopes that it will help me to decompress from my life a little as i know we are not the worst case out there but it is still hard for anybody to know they are doing without the basics. my family just seperated from the navy this year and it took over 8000 of our money just to get settled into a rental now that our funds are gone and the dust is settling we are realizing that we still have no money 6months later i am only eating dinner with my family because i dont want to take away from my little one who obviously needs good nutrition she is still very young and my hubby who has to work for us to bring in money i am unable to work do to several severe medical conditions and have been trying desperately to get government help however we make too much money for this area even though our rent is half our take home uggh i am happy that we are getting through this so far and am so glad there are people like scary mommy doing things like this to help i am sad that i cannot provide a holiday meal for my family not just for thanksgiving but also for xmas and am hoping my little one understands when there will be no presents under the tree this year wow i just think that what you are doing is amazing and i know that you are impacting soo many families in such an amazing way

Mallory Sutton 4 years ago

I would love to help, please contact me so that I may make a donation.

Sara 4 years ago

If you are still collecting names for those who need help, my family could sure use it. A year ago we moved 8 hours away from family for my husband’s job. Three months later he lost the job. He was unemployed for almost 9 months. He’ back to work now, but it’s just minimum wage and we have three kids. I’m not sure how we’ll afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

Jessica 4 years ago

Put me down for $25 Jill such a great idea and reading through the comments gives me goosebumps.

Graciela 4 years ago

I won’t be a mommy until Feb. but I love your blog. My husband and I are lucky enough to be employed and have lots of family around us so count me in for $25.

Jo-Anne 4 years ago

Count me in!! What a great idea!! I can do $25.00

Jann Olson 4 years ago

Hi, Hopped over from Shannon’s blog. If I didn’t know better I would have thought that I had written the first part of this post. I too load my fork the exact same way. Always, always have pecan pie (with whipped cream) for breakfast until it’s gone. A sliver at a time doesn’t take long. lol! What a wonderful cause! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays also. I truly feel blessed! I would love to donate $25 for this cause. Thanks for the opportunity to help a family in need. Our church does alot and I love helping out there also. It breaks my heart to think that someone may not be able to share in the bounty of Than ksgiving.

Jenni 4 years ago

What a wonderful idea, thank you for doing this! I’d love to help.

jessica 4 years ago

we are one of the gain need. My husband works full time, and I work part time, as I am due to have our little girl in a month. We have two boys,our family is a ‘step’ family but we don’t have steps or halfs in our family, we are just family. We were just going to not worry about thanksgivng this year, because we haven’t even been able to pay our rent for the month yet, and we can’t even think of christmas yet, because we will be even shorter on money, after our little girl is here. We we tried to get help from a program in our town but we make too much money, 7 dollars to much, we are trying to hold on till tax time so we can move out of our too high rental and into something we can afford. So, anything to help us have a thanksgiving together would be wonderful and greatly appreciated, if not thank you for doing this for others as well :)

Kelly 4 years ago

I would love to help please let me know how when you figure out logisitics. Thanks so much for doing this!

sarah waldin 4 years ago

Let’s get this thing up over 500 in the next few minutes huh people? count me in for $25 too.
Thanksgiving is my fav holiday too – and I only started celebrating it with American friends just 5 years ago. I would exchange all the other holidays for this one. I want someone else to have that choice too! big hugs to you all.

Dawn 4 years ago

I figured out how much it would cost for us to buy Thanksgiving for our family of 5. Then I went and bought Thanksgiving dinner for a friend whose family is having a really hard time – because I knew if I could afford it for us (it was only about $25), then I knew I could do it for her. So although I’m not helping HERE, I did help locally :) What a wonderful thing you’re doing!

Mommyof3 4 years ago

A friend of mine passed this along to me and I was planning to go to my parents for Thanksgiving this year due to my financial situation. They offered to cook because I just can’t afford the expense but I love to cook and have the family gathering at my house each year. I am a mommy of 3 beautiful children, a 5 yr old and 20 month old twins and my husband just left me (he moved out just a week ago). I have all of the expenses for our house, daycare, mortgage, cars….etc on my salary plus my 3 little ones and I am falling behind quickly. This wonderful gift could allow me to have Thanksgiving at my home with my 3 children and my parents where we need to be right now. God bless you for doing amazing things to help struggling families like my own.

nai 4 years ago

Count me in for 2.

nai 4 years ago

Put me down for $50. I’m in Portland,OR area. Let me know what else I can help.

Liz W. 4 years ago

I would love to be able to help with $25, wish I could do more. Please email me and I’ll send a check or gift card (I have Raley’s, Safeway, FoodMaxx & WinCo locally) – whichever is easier. Thank you so much for starting this. There were times when I was growing up that we weren’t sure where the next meal was coming from, but due to extended family, we always had a wonderful Thanksgiving – I wish everyone the same!

Jenn Davis 4 years ago

I would love to donate! Count me in for $25.

Stephanie 4 years ago

I’m also in for $25! Such a fantastic idea!!!

Sarah 4 years ago

Could not agree more that everyone deserves a great Thanksgiving meal, and I can’t imagine how scary it would be to be worried about putting food on the table for my family. Would love to help.

Regina 4 years ago

Tell me where to send the money. I’ll send $25

Mary (aka The Natural Nanny) 4 years ago

Count me in for $25!

Amy Gershon 4 years ago

Happy to help. Please let me know and I am happy to write a check.

Courtney 4 years ago

I am so grateful for all you amazing people who are able to help. I am one of the moms who could use help this year. My husband is laid off but goes to school full time as do I. I have two kids at home and this year we have no other family to have Thanksgiving and with Money being tight we were just going to have a regular dinner at home. This would be such a blessing to us. You have inspired me to find a way to give back as well. I am a Pure Romance Consultant whose business is just getting going and for the rest of november and the beginning of december i am going to run a toys for tots special. Either bring an unopened unwrapped toy to a party or to me personally and I will give them 35% off anything in the catalog. Then I will take the toys to a local toy drop-off. Thank you for any help I can get with Thanksgiving and for inspiring me to find a way to pay it forward.

Roberta 4 years ago

I’ll donate $50. Count me in! Things like this just break my heart, because I know how badly women want to take care of their children and families. I can only imagine how horrible it must feel that you can’t.

D 4 years ago

I am also embarrassed to admit, I am a family in need. I am out of work with 2 children and my husband makes just over the amount to receive any type of assistance but we are struggling very much so. Thank you so much.

Liz 4 years ago

You can always count on the Natural Nanny =)

Kate Coveny Hood 4 years ago

Just had a chance to read this. Absolutely count me in! You have my email.

You have a big heart Jill.

Chrystal @ Happy Mothering 4 years ago

It just breaks my heart to read some of these stories. Everyone should be able to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner with their family. We’d love to help. Please count us in for $25.

Julie 4 years ago

I am able to help. Count me in for $50.00. Just let me know how. Happy Thanksgiving!

Catherine 4 years ago

I might not be able to give the full $25 but I would like to help.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

I love that!

lisapic 4 years ago

I’m happy to donate $25. This is what Thanksgiving is all about :)

Tracey 4 years ago

Count me in for $25.00

AA 4 years ago

I’m in…put me down for 8.

robin 4 years ago

Wow, this is amazing. I would love to give $25 to a family to enjoy my favorite holiday!

Susan Marie 4 years ago

Put me down for $50. I hope your inspiration grows beyond your wildest dreams!

KCastro 4 years ago

Amazing idea… I’m in for $25, happy to help make the holidays a little brighter for a family not as fortunate. Really puts everything in perspective for me…. just let me know how to donate.

Raquel 4 years ago

I would be happy and honored to help. I am in the NYC area.

kristie 4 years ago

First of all THANK YOU!!! I am one of those families who need help, I just went to our local food bank, and was not turned away, but was put on a list, of many waiting for a food basket. They said it depends on how many churches help them out. God Bless you, and the person who left a Note on the Library computer desk letting people know about your offering.

Jessica 4 years ago

I really need the help. I sent you an email, but I figured it would probably help you if I wrote it on here. I recently lost my job, and my husband is the only one working. We have cut back already SO much and I would love to have just one day where I dont have to stress about how Im going to feed my kids. This is such a blessing and I am in TEARS over how incredible all of your readers are. I will hopefully be in a better position by Christmas, and able to help someone out then. You are a rockstar my friend, and I am so incredibly grateful for ANY help.

Lisa 4 years ago

I have $25 to spare for a mama to have a beautiful family dinner with her children. Let me know.

Making It Work Mom 4 years ago

Please put me down for $25.00. This is an amazing testament to the power of women.

Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. 4 years ago

What an incredible gift to your readers!! I certainly have $25 to spare and would love to help put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table for a family in need!!!

Kristin Macchi 4 years ago

You have a heart of gold. This is an amazing idea. I can give $25, and will share on my FB page. Let me know how best to proceed -paypal, check or gift card. Thank you for doing this, it is going to make a big difference for a lot of families.

Liz 4 years ago

What an awesome idea. Please count me in. Things are tight, but not so tight that I can’t pitch in. We’ll just skip on the 2 “fancy” $15 bottles of wine we get =)

Wow 4 years ago

I never have my hand out, but…. it would be greatly appreciated by our family. Thank you.

Shell 4 years ago

Happy to help with $25.

What a wonderful idea! xo

Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal 4 years ago

You can put me down for $25! Just let me know where to send it!

Thank you for organizing this!

amber sindab 4 years ago

i desperately need help to ensure my family has a thanksgiving meal, i am currently out of work and am a full time student at hgtc. I have two wonderful children and my husband works minimum wage at kfc, so our buget is beyond limited.

Kim S. 4 years ago

Put me down for $25- I’d like to help. I’m in MD

Christina 4 years ago

If it is not to late I would greatly appreciate some help. I saw this and a little glimmer of hope jumped my heart.We are a family of four and barely surviving on just my husband’s income, we can barely afford groceries week to week and having a Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t looking too promising. Thank you .

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That is just as appreciated. Thank you!!

Holly May 4 years ago

Please put me down for $25! I feel honored to be helping those less fortunate!

Just a mom 4 years ago

I feel so blessed to be a part of such a caring community of ladies. My family of 5 could use a little extra help this holiday season. Dh has recently been cut off of overtime, which is what we’d be using for our extras for the holiday. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to be having much of a celebration for Thanksgiving. Blessing to you, Jill, and to every single one of you other angels who care.

Vanessa 4 years ago

I’m in for $25. Jill, you give moms a good name!!

Liz 4 years ago

In for $25. PayPal would be great, but other ways are possible too.

Zoë 4 years ago

I’d be happy to help with $25. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday in my adopted country (I’m English), and I hate to think of families going without whilst so many of us are able to celebrate.

Megan 4 years ago

Add me. I can do $25. Most of you know this years been rough on me. I know what it means to need. I am going to my mom’s for Thanksgiving, so I am more than happy to give to someone else.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s so kind of you, but that might be tough to arrange on my end. Please let me know if you could use a little help this year, we have enough people signed up to help!

rebecca 4 years ago

Hello me and my family could really use the help this year. My husband got fired from his job and just recently started back to work. We are a family of 4 and he is the only one with any income. They took my food assisant from me saying i didnt turn in paper work i have been down there three to 6 times called my worker and nothing. So this would be a real help for me and my family.

Stefanie 4 years ago

Count me in for $25 – this feels like such a blessing to be able to do for others. Thank you for the opportunity.

Sherrie 4 years ago

Very thoughtful and kind thing you are doing. Very greatful to have found this. I would appreciate the help for my family this holiday season. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday! thank you!

Jen 4 years ago

A horrible thing happened to me a few years ago & my lawyer dropped me just before my final divorce hearing. My wealthy ex husband maintained primary residential custody of our girls & i pay a substantial amount of child support to him leaving me unable to even afford my own place. In all efforts to fight these current events I work full time & go to school full time. However, I will continue to struggle for several years to come until I am able to graduate, find a better paying job & a strong lawyer to help get my 2 beautiful girls back home. A small price to pay to show my girls what a strong woman can be & is! I will be struggling this Thanksgiving & Christmas to meet the bare minimum. I pray that you can help. God Bless

Jess 4 years ago

I’d love to donate to a family. It’s an investment in good karma for everyone.

Rachel 4 years ago

Put me down for $50. I would love to help someone afford a real holiday feast on *my* favorite holiday, too.

carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com 4 years ago

I would love to help! What a beautiful idea!! I want to donate $25 with a giftcard!

Liann 4 years ago

I cried when I read this today. I’m a single mom and always worry about putting food on my table. Until today, Thanksgiving was going to be just another day for me. Any help I can get would be a true miracle for me and my little family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Kristi 4 years ago

I am in for $25 , please let me know where to send it.

Stacy 4 years ago

Put me down for 25.00 and let me know where to send it too. Can’t send until Wednesday as that is payday. Great idea!

Elizabeth 4 years ago

I would be happy to send a $25 gift card. My husband gets paid on November 21st so I can mail it that day. Please tell me where to send it. Thank you!

Wren 4 years ago

I am at work so I cannot read all these comments without tearing up… but what a wonderful idea! My family and I celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend because of crazy work schedules, and it was a blessing to be able to sit down with the people I love so much. Please count me in for $25 and let me know what to do next.

mommy to 3 wonderful kids. 4 years ago

If it’s not too late to sign up, I’d like to ask for help too.

Gail 4 years ago

Count me in for $50. This is going to help me (mentally) as much it will help a family with Thanksgiving.

Tara 4 years ago

Jill,
officially leaving a comment so you can let me know where to send check and/or gift card. Thank you! Tara

Amanda 4 years ago

I think this is so great what you are doing. It is crazy how fast your position can change from being able to help to not being able to help. Two years ago we were the ones helping a family for the holidays now this year we are the ones who could use the help.

November this far has been terrible to us. The challenges we have had this month so far are crazy you can’t think so many things can go wrong to one person right after another. The beginning of the month we had lost power for a week after the crazy snow storm on october 29th, we lost almost all our food. when we regained power we did our best to put food back into our fridge. then my husbands break line went out on his way home from work and he hit another car it is our only car, our only computer died and would cost to much to fix so I am using a library computer or my neighbors, the car my husband borrowed from a friend left him sitting on a highway for 3 hours til a friend could help him and then our fridge died and we again lost our food and had to put out money for a fridge that we don’t have.

I know all to well the not being able to completely provide for your family yet not qualifying for assistance, we were told we make $21 too much to qualify, can you believe that, because 21 can almost feed a family of 4 for a month. No matter if choosen for help or if you get enough donations for help I wish everyone a happy thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for all of you with the generous donations no matter who recieves them have a blessed holiday!

Nancy 4 years ago

I have prayed for a feast for Thanksgiving. I was given your site. Bless those that can give. This year I can benefit from receiving.

Tara 4 years ago

Hey Jill– I’d like to help a family. Let me know what I have to do. Thank you!

Beth Nicoson 4 years ago

Jill, saw this on ‘cousin’ Lisa’s fb and would be HAPPY to help, please put me down for $50.00 and let me know where to send the check/gift cards, I am in the Austin, TX area. Thank you for putting this fabulous idea together and making the holiday a little easier for those who need it. Amazing.

Erica 4 years ago

I started reading this today and was shocked to see my confession. I felt the same despair as I did that day. It is hard to admit that life is so hard right now. This is my first thanksgiving with my fiance and his adorable son and I want to make it special. Any help would be great, if there is still a spot for my family. Thank you.

Carpool Goddess 4 years ago

Scary Mommy, what a wonderful way to share Thanksgiving! Please count me in for two dinners :)

Caroline 4 years ago

What a wonderful and touching gift to give this holiday season! I would love to help, but unfortunately, money this year is too tight for us to even afford our own Thanksgiving. I hate to ask for help, but we could really use it this year.

And everyone’s generosity nearly brings me to tears. It’s so nice to see so many willing to make Thanksgiving better for those who are struggling!

SMH 4 years ago

My mom, sister & nephew live together 500 miles from me. This means that they are too far to come to my house for Thanksgiving and I am unable to help them. My mom is disabled and in severe pain following a car accident that took place during the 2009 holiday season. She is no longer able to help my sister with my nephew because he is too heavy for her to lift (25lbs). My sister has taken on so much and has had to stop going to college so that she can help my mom out. I honestly don’t know how the two of them get by every day.

I am signing up using my sister’s email address (with her permission) and am truly humbled and grateful for the kindness of you all.

Kelly

Donna Holmes 4 years ago

If you still need $$$ put me down for $25. Let me know how to get it to whereever it needs to go.

Kelly 4 years ago

Hi there-new to your blog and love this idea and your enthusiasm/thoughtfulness for doing this.

Please put me down for $100.00.

Goddess in Progress 4 years ago

I’d be more than happy to help pitch in, twice if you need it.

Amy 4 years ago

What an amazing idea! I would love to help… Put me down for for $50.

sara 4 years ago

This is so amazing. I’ve been bawling my husband just broke his neck at work and has been unable to return due to complications. I work from home and care for him our 7 mo old and 2 yr old alone. Any help would be appreciated as we have no family or friends to spend the holidays with.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s a wonderful thing for you to do! Can I match you up with someone this year? It would be my pleasure.

LO 4 years ago

:) would love to help

Lisa 4 years ago

I can donate $25, thank you!

Becky 4 years ago

Count me in.

johnwaire 4 years ago

WE LOVE THIS! Please put theWAIREHOUSE (Sara, Mady, Liam and John) down for $100 and let us know if we can help in any other way.

Kari 4 years ago

Count me in!

Christina Simon 4 years ago

Hi Jill, I will gladly donate $50.00.

Christina Simon (Beyond The Brochure)

Jocelyn 4 years ago

I am a mother of a struggling family that is finally starting to find their feet again. This is such a wonderful idea it has brought tears to my eyes. I am sorry I can’t help this year but am sending my positive energy, thoughts and prayers out to those that need it. Scary Mommy you are one amazing lady, thank you for making a difference and Happy Thanksgiving.

js 4 years ago

Wow! This is amazing to read about all these wonderful people willing to help. We are barely scraping by and making ends meet and the thought of the holidays coming up is almost scary. To know that there are so many generous people out there touches my heart. I wish I could say that I could afford to donate, however I can’t. I’m not asking for anything either because I know there are many people out there worse off than us. I just wanted to leave a comment to let everyone know that these kinds of acts of generosity are more than just money – it is a boost to the spirit for someone who is struggling.

Michelle 4 years ago

This article is very touching and it warms my heart to see how many are willing to help. I wish I could, unfortunately money is very tight with just enough to get buy. We have a very supportive family that we can turn to if need be while so many others do not. We are so blessed just to be able to that. And for those that are willing to contribute, thank you, it makes me smile to know that people like you are still out there. Even though I can not contribute I would like to send my prayers and thank you’s to those that can. This is a wonderful thing you are doing scary mommy.

Jill Merry 4 years ago

Iam a single , widowed mom with one disabled child left at home . Unemployed, I just dont have the funds for a “normal” Thanksgiving . I hate to ask for a hand out, but I really dont have another option .God bless you ALL.

JILL

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s wonderful of you! Please let me know if you could use an extra hand for yourself this year. We have more than enough givers.

Joanna 4 years ago

I would be honored to help someone have a happy Thanksgiving. Put me down for $25.

Ariane 4 years ago

I am a mother of five children and also care for my 90 yr old grandmother. I work 23 hrs a week while my husband is barely pulling 40 a week. We have no normal stove . Its a countertop as well as over lil oven . I dont think we can fit a turkey in the tiny little thing but its helped us with biscuits. My family is in need this thanksgiving like never nefore. I am afraid i wont be able to help my husband provide due to lack of finances,please help us be one of thse chosen families to to be blessed with thanksgining dinner. It will begreatly appreciated. Mother is need of rescue!

T.S. 4 years ago

We could use the help. We are a family of 7, barely getting through on one income. The opportunity to sit around a table filled with homecooked food.. it changes lives sometimes.

Marie 4 years ago

I’m in for $25…thanks for spearheading this awesome cause.

-MM

Kari 4 years ago

Count me in for $25 bucks!

Kim Skeens 4 years ago

Though my family is seriously struggling this year, I am not commenting to ask for help for my own family. We are covered for Thanksgiving this year. What I am requesting, is an opportunity to help another family in my community who does not know what they are going to do for Thanksgiving. My little town in Montana has been overwhelmed by people coming in from out of state to work, and there are a lot of families that don’t even have a place to live, and are having to live in campers and tents. I would love if the SM community would help me help my neighbors.

Rick 4 years ago

I am in neither a position to help or need help, we get by, barely but we get by. I just wanted to comment that all of this is amazing and really does allow you to still believe in humanity again. Great job to everyone.

Coconuts 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. I’m so glad I logged in today. Took a few days off from some of the negativity and this made my day. Way to go Jill!

crazypants 4 years ago

I’m in for $100. Thank you Jill for doing this. I never like to ask for help with anything, even the smallest task, so I can imagine how hard it must be to ask for help for your family when times are tough. I commend all of you moms (and dads) that do everything you can to support your families in any way you can. And I’m happy to be able to do what I can. EVERYONE should have a happy, warm, and full Thanksgiving. :)

Ceci 4 years ago

Hi Jessica,
My daughter is also a stroke survivor and I just wanted to let you know of our awesome online support group. It’s hemi kids which is ran by CHASA (tons of info). I’m sure just as I was they are looking for answers to questions and support. Best wishes to them.

P.S. My daughter is doing amazingly well and has overcome so much in the past 2 years. Most people have no idea she had a stroke.

tots2tweens 4 years ago

We’re in! Let us know what to do next. Such a great opportunity to help a family in need!

CJ 4 years ago

I so wish I was in a better situation to help, but I just wanted to tell you how amazing I find this to be. I’m sitting here reading how much people are willing to contribute and how easily they say yes and in tears. The people who do need help are asking for it, which is what we should all do when its neccesary. Jill, you are so awesome. Great job.

Gratefull 4 years ago

I could really use the help this year sadly. I’ve been stressing about how we will be able to have a thanksgiving dinner this year let alone Christmas. I think this I such a wonderful idea and thank you to all the wonderful people who are able to donate. I will promis to return the favor when I am able to again. I also always donate gifts at the holidays to children in need and will still make that happen this year. I never thought I would have to ask for help. Thanks again to all you angels who are helping and giving. Hope your holidays are wonderful.

B C 4 years ago

Wish i were on the side of all the wonderful people posting their donations… Unfortunately I am not :( I lost my job last year, unfortunately because I was bartending, unemployment would only pay me $190 a week. after several months I finally found work, the same day my doctor called to say that my insurance company approved surgery we had been trying for 2years to get (from a car accident). I was told it would be about 1month recovery, I am at 6months and still unable to work, doing physical therapy 3x a week. two weeks ago I got a notice from disability that my benefits exhausted. No warning. So the cash on hand was all I would be getting. Unemployment will no re-open my claim because they have paperwork from my doctor that I am unable to work. Hate to tell my kids that someone slipped eviction onto my list to Santa this year… I have been doing everything I can to keep my head up, still look positively into the future.. there is a silver lining somewhere in my cloud!

Judy 4 years ago

Would love to help with two dinners. Grateful for you! Thank you for all you do!

Brianna 4 years ago

I’m in for $50

Kelsey 4 years ago

Jill – I would love to help! Please put our family down for $25.

Denise 4 years ago

I can do $25. What a great idea

Kirsten Shabanowitz 4 years ago

I would love to donate $25. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well, and every deserves to celebrate it they way they want to.

Tina @ Life Without Pink 4 years ago

I’d be happy to donate $25…sign me up!

Katherine 4 years ago

I’ll give $25! Let me know how! What a wonderful thing you’re doing!

Dana 4 years ago

This is a wonderful idea. I’d love to be a part of it. I’d be glad to donate $50 to make this a truly thankful Thanksgiving.

Ciara 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. Just let me know where to send it.

Kelly Kautsch 4 years ago

kudos to you for doing this! So many people need help right now and this will mean the world to them! Put me down for $25!

Nicole @MTDLBlog 4 years ago

Jill, invoice me for $50 and I’ll match you for two meals or pay for one. I attached my paypal email to this comment. You are a rockstar my friend. Fabulous idea!

Joyce Q 4 years ago

Forgot to add, I’m in Northern California

Anonymous 4 years ago

My parents could really use the help this year, if I may request it for them. I’m unable to spend the holiday with them this year, but I have 2 teenage brothers who still live at home that deserve a happy Thanksgiving. My parents are in the process of loosing their house and are months behind on bills. What you’re doing is wonderful – God Bless!

Brandi 4 years ago

Everyone deserves a holiday meal. Count us in for $25

Jessica 4 years ago

I’m a single unemployed mom of two, ages 6 and almost 2. I live with my mom, which helps a bit but she’s single too and has custody of my 10 yr old nephew. We are struggling to make ends meet. I have a couple things I do on the side to bring in a lil money but unfortunately with daycare costs and being that my son is special needs, I’m having a hard time finding employment for the hours I’m available. This would help my family out SO much! We try to make holidays as special as we can for the kids so they don’t feel left out. Please let me know if there is a gift card left for us. Thank you so much! God Bless!

Alysa 4 years ago

I could really use the help. My boyfriend lost his Job, and we are trying to support our daughter too. Times have been very rough. I’d appreciate this so much.

Megan 4 years ago

I am a little late to the game, but if you still have people who need help you can count me in for $25.

Brandi 4 years ago

I would be interested in helping out with a donation! I can do $50. Please send details on how/where to contribute! Thanks for doing this, Scary Mommy!

Stephanie 4 years ago

This is absolutely AMAZING! We are fortunate enough to be going to a friends for Thanksgiving, so our costs will be minimal. Unfortunately I don’t have any money to contribute this year. However, I will post the link on my FB and will be thinking about a family that could use the help. You have made me all choked up. Maybe consider carrying this wonderful idea through the holidays? Just meals…or more. Grassroots movements are simply fabulous and what this country (and world) truly need to remember.

I Heart Thanksgiving 4 years ago

WOW!!! I too love thanksgiving and think everyone should be able to celebrate and stuff their face! Put me down for $25

Kate @ The Shopping Mama 4 years ago

I’d love to help – count me in.
Thanks for doing this, and for taking the time to coordinate.

Renèe 4 years ago

BTW, if you’ll drop me a line at the email addy I provided for comments, I’ll shoot you my Paypal email address & the amount that I’m interested in donating. :)

EH 4 years ago

I’m happy to help with a contribution of $25. Please email and let me know.

Buffi 4 years ago

I’m in for $25, too.

Renèe 4 years ago

Jill, please count me in! I know I’m late to the party, but I am just now seeing this post & I would LOVE to help! Thanksgiving is a HUGE deal to me as well, so I completely understand this, especially having grown up poor and watching my own parents struggle with not knowing if there would be enough food. Now that I’m in a position to give back, and thankfully so, I am ALL FOR supporting this! You are a BEAUTIFUL person for doing this!! Thank you! :)

Sarah 4 years ago

Also, I live in Metro Detroit, if that helps with sorting purposes.

Genienne 4 years ago

Put me down for $25.

lauren scheuer 4 years ago

I am a fortunate one – will give $25 gladly!

Nikki 4 years ago

How awesome of you, Jill!

I’d like to donate to two families, please.

Aimee 4 years ago

You all are truly amazing! I asked for help(it was hard) yesterday along with some other moms. I’ve been reading all of your comments and I’m so touched! The law of reciprocity says that what you put out you get back….(basically anyway lol)…you all will be so blessed for blessing us. It’s making me emotional; I didn’t even consider that there’d be a way to have Thanksgiving this year. I saw Jill’s post on Facebook and thought, “that’s do sweet. I wish I wasn’t do afraid to ask for help though.” Finally, last night, I mustered the courage and asked not for me, but for my beautiful daughter. We just moved for my husband to have a better work opportunity. I lost my job in the process; we lost my income. The move was all on us and it was too expensive. His job is better in the sense that he isn’t around negative people, etc. but we are still in poverty. I applied for food stamps but they told me it will be at least a month before they process our application. I’ve been looking for a job, but no luck so far. I have to have a flexible schedule to fit with my husband’s job; none are so far. My daughter comes first, and I have to be here with her. I love her and want the best for her; but right now we have nothing; but love anyway.
Anyway, thanks again ladies! My heart is filled knowing you all have our backs!

Lisa Masso 4 years ago

Count me in for $25 I would love to be able to help.

Megann Fallon 4 years ago

I coiled really use the help this year. My fiance and i have really been struggling this year. We are trying to put food on the table for our 2 year old and trying to keep a roof over our heads. This would be a great help for us to have a meal that’s not just Pb&j or ramen noodles.

Wende 4 years ago

I would be happy to help out with a $25 donation..

Erica 4 years ago

Im happy to donate $25 as well! Sign me up!!

Rebeccah 4 years ago

Oh, and count me in for 25$. SCARY MOMMY NATION UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebeccah 4 years ago

Dude. It’s 7:30 AM and I’m crying. This is wonderful.

tracy 4 years ago

I have $25 to spare. xo

Jessica 4 years ago

I can’t afford to make a donation because things are tight and we just had a baby but I was wondering if there was anyway I could use the help for a fellow co-worker. She and her husband just had a baby that unfortunately he had a stroke during birth and spent over a week in the NICU. They just bought a house and I found out that her husband was laid off from his job a week before the baby was born. They’re only surviving on unemployment and her disability right now. I know they could really use the help and I can’t afford to give them that kind of gift on my own. Please let me know. Thank you in advance. And thank you to all the people here who are generous enough to give a donation!

C Michel 4 years ago

I’d be happy to help!

Jackie 4 years ago

What a great idea! I would like to contribute $25 if still time to do so. Thanks for making a difference!

Helen Spencer 4 years ago

Am in the UK, but am planning to take my £25 and donate it to Children in Need, a fabulous British charity run by the BBC which does incredible things for kids whose families just need help. I hope that’s ok. I shall spread the word and share your link with my US network.

Sarah 4 years ago

I wish I could offer to help instead of asking for help, it is always easier to be on the other side. I am the mom of two phenomenal children, one that was born with serious medical issues which led my husband to leave his job and become a full time caregiver. It’s ironic, I work in homeless services and because of this choice am nearly homeless myself, living pay check to pay check and going without eating to make sure my kids never see that we are suffering through being poor. I know I am late to comment, and if there is no money left I completely understand. Maybe next year my husband will find work, my daughter will be healthy enough to go to school full time, and we can be the ones paying it forward.

Lollie @ Fortuitous Housewife 4 years ago

Put me on your list!
You are officially one of my heroes!
What an amazingly simple & direct why to do something for another family.
Moms helping moms do what we love doing most — taking care of those we love.
Kudos to you!

Brittany {Mommy Words} 4 years ago

Count us in for $50! Thanks for doing this Jill! xo

Reluctant Momma 4 years ago

Jill – you are amazing – what a beautiful idea.

I can do $25 – wish I could do more but since birth of #4 I am staying@ home until Jan. and not getting paid:(

It restores my faith in people to see all the generosity of your followers… Good people, very good people.

Clueless But Hopeful Mama 4 years ago

What a great idea. I’d love to help.

Put me down for $25.

Darelle 4 years ago

Being raised by a single mother I always wondered how she put food on the table. I’ll donate $25!

Di 4 years ago

I’dlike to up my contribution to $100. Wish I could give more. Could I do it via Paypal as I’m in the UK? Thank you for organising this!!

Pamela 4 years ago

I’m happy to give $25.00. Everyone should have a Thanksgiving

Stacey 4 years ago

Would love to help.
Count on my family to give $50.
Thank you.

hilda 4 years ago

I love your idea and I would love to help, but I am sorry to say I can’t I have to see if we can make it to the end of the month without depts

Sanda 4 years ago

What an amazing idea! I’m in for $25. A scary, happy very fortunate Mom!

just another mom 4 years ago

Count me in to give a $25 donation Jill. So wonderful of you to use your bloggy power for good. Per usual.

Bless you and thank you.

Summer Webb 4 years ago

Im good Jill! Sign me up for 50.

Erica 4 years ago

I’d love to help. Put me down for $25 please!

Irishlass 4 years ago

This is so overwhelming! I wish I could give more, but I’m in for $25, aslong as its ok to send the money from all the way over here!

SS 4 years ago

My family could really use the help this year.Times have been really hard for us.This has been one of the hardest years.Thanks so much for doing this :)

Crystal 4 years ago

With a humble heart I admit that I could use the help. I am so used to being on the other side, and I’m terrified my 6yr old is going to catch on to the situation soon. Many thanks.

rachel perks 4 years ago

I would love to help!!!!!

NYC Single Mom 4 years ago

Wonderful idea. count me in, we are spending Thanksgiving with friends which means I am not cooking or footing the bill for dinner so I am happy to give what I would have spend on dinner to a family who will be able to use and have a wonderful day.

Maria 4 years ago

I forgot to say this before, I’m in for $25.00

Michelle 4 years ago

I would love to be able to help! Count me in for $25.

Tina Kuligowski 4 years ago

Jill –
Thanks so much for setting this up. Please put me down for $100.
-T

debbie 4 years ago

I could use some help. It has been a very tough year for us. I have been quite sick since March. I got pnuemonia, and never got better. I now have growths in my lungs. I will probably have to have a lung biopsy in the next month. It was so bad, my son was supposed to have another surgery two months ago, but I had to cancel it, because I was just too sick to take care of him. Any help would be very appreciated.

Julie R 4 years ago

Uh, lemme try that again! LOL darn you, auto-correct!

Sue 4 years ago

Jill…you continue to amaze me on so many levels. Count me in. I’ll mail you a check today.

Rhonda 4 years ago

We would be honored to help. Count us in for $25.

Lori 4 years ago

What a fabulous idea!! Count me in for $50. I’m in Portugal. Do you take PayPal? LFLOYDBRUCE@hotmail.com

Diane 4 years ago

We would love to have help this year. My husband and I just started school so we can make things better for ourselves. Thank you all for your generosity.

Jaecinta 4 years ago

I’m Australian (and vegetarian) so I don’t really understand thanksgiving but it sounds important to alot of people plus I love grassroots action – put me down for $25.

Paru 4 years ago

Hello, What you are doing is amazing. Please count me in for $50. I live in Europe and just need to find a way to get the money to you. I have a paypal account if that will help.

Di 4 years ago

This is so good of you! I would really really love to help. I’d like to give another $50 but I live in the UK. Could I Paypal you the money? Would you want a cheque or send u cash? I really want to contribute! Thanks for doing this!! We should do smth for Xmas dinners too!

N Trick 4 years ago

I am in as well! I live in Europe but can ask my mom to send an American check to an address or I can personally electronicly transfer from my account to yours – or paypal!
I’m in for $50!

Jen 4 years ago

I think this is amazing! My heart is full reading all of these posts. Please put me down for a $25 donation.

Anon 4 years ago

This is an amazing idea! I wish we were in a position to help this year, but it’s been rough, and I don’t really know what we’re going to do. I’ll be happy to share this post where I can though. Thanks to everyone who is giving what they can.

Lola 4 years ago

Clarification – I’d like to help with $25 donation, not the other way around :)

Lola 4 years ago

Put me down for $25 as well. I am a big fan of yours, love what you are doing!

reidmommy 4 years ago

Thank you for doing this. We could use the help this year. I’m the only one working right now and only part-time at that. We are barely making things work at the moment but I know there will be several more days without work during the holidays and we can’t afford to tighten our budget anymore. Thanks again.

Anonymous 4 years ago

I hate posting on this side of the situation. I used to be the one arranging toy collections for Toys for Tots and the like, donating to food pantries, etc. Last year our 4th child was born a month premature and then my husband was laid off from his job of 12 years 6 weeks later. It took him 8 months to find work at which time I thought we’d be in the clear. Instead, using all of our savings and credit cards to survive, we are now in the worst place of our lives. The thought of Thanksgiving much less Christmas has been making me sick – literally. Our older children know our situation and while they haven’t been asking for outrageous things for Christmas, I don’t know how we are going to afford the holidays at all when I am unable to pay just our monthly bills as it is. I keep praying it will change soon and look forward to being able to be on the side of GIVING the help.

Courtney 4 years ago

I have been trying to get ahead for over a year now. I left my husband at the end of Summer 2010. We currently live in transitional housing which is a big help but I never have enough to pay bills and rent. A local food bank is doing a Thanksgiving Food Box giveaway on the 19th and I am hoping to get there early enough to get one (first come, first serve). We don’t have a car though – so I have no idea if I will be able to make it there. My twin boys (21 months old) are actually going in for minor surgery (ear tubes and adenoid removal) the day before Thanksgiving. We will be spending part of Thanksgiving in the hospital. If all goes well, we will be home by lunchtime on Thanksgiving Day. They won’t be able to eat turkey dinner that day but I would love to have a yummy meal like that over the weekend. We do get food stamps, but I try to stock up on basic foods, and I just can’t use that much of my food budget for a turkey and all the fixings. I would love some help but keep me at the bottom of the list – we could be in the hospital for longer if there are issues. I wish I could help others, I hate being in this position. It is very hard to ask for help sometimes. I have to ask for rides to the store and the laundromat – people get tired of helping. As I read the comments from all these people it brought tears to my eyes. It has been a very hard, overwhelming week for me. I think this is a great idea – if you can help me, I promise to share my meal with others.

Jeanine 4 years ago

I suppose if you have more givers than takers, than perhaps we could get something organized for the holiday season. We have local “adopt a family” programs in Los Angeles. You could do something similar. Just an idea!

Robin 4 years ago

This is a wonderful idea! Count me in for $25. Let me know how to get it to you.

Robin | Farewell, Stranger 4 years ago

We’ve already had Thanksgiving here in Canada, but that’s not a celebration anyone should miss. Count me in for $25. (And if you’re overwhelmed with administrating this let me know – happy to have you give me numbers to tally or something.)

Love 4 years ago

Jill, you are so amazing! This will touch so many!

Heather 4 years ago

I would love to help too. I’m in for $50…just let me know how I can donate.

Jessica 4 years ago

I have been so stressed out about the holidays this year. Reading this post and all the wonderful comments has truly made me cry. I wish I could donate for the cause, but this year my family is really needing the help. This would be the biggest blessing of all! :)

Manic motherhood 4 years ago

Put me down for 25 through PayPal. This is a really cool thing you are doing :)

Jen 4 years ago

Count on me for $50. We are feeling beyond grateful this year and counting our blessings. Always looking for ways to help.

Andrea W. 4 years ago

As a young child, my grandma raised me alone on a limited income. If it weren’t for kind, generous people in our community, we never would’ve enjoyed a holiday meal. I would be more than honored to donate $25 to help a family in need. My children have never known the struggle that my husband and I faced as children, and I hope they never have to. Thank you for putting this together for those in need during the holidays. Let me know where to send the $.

Mommy’s Minions (@MommysMinions) 4 years ago

I’d love to contribute. Let me know how. This is a great idea.

mollie 4 years ago

i would love to donate $25, and i have a paypal account. thank you for doing this!

Kate 4 years ago

My boyfriend and I were just commenting tonight about 1) we have the world by the balls (his words) and 2) we will be apart for thanksgiving. It was important to him that I not be alone so I said I would try to get together with someone. My parents and I used to go to a shelter for thanksgiving every year. How did we get away from that? Anyway, count on me for $50.

Aunt Annie’s Childcare 4 years ago

What a wonderful thing to do.

I’m over in Australia and have just realised what I have to do from reading your post- we run turkeys, and our neighbours are Americans who are very traditional about Thanksgiving (which is not part of our local culture). They are struggling to make ends meet, as are many people on our road. So I will cut out the middleman and make sure they have a turkey on their table for the 25th. Bless you for waking me up.

Joy 4 years ago

I can share with a family in need. Sign me up.

Aimee 4 years ago

Happy to give 25$. What a wonderful idea this
Is! Just let me know how to send.

holly 4 years ago

Jill, you are a dream! Count me down for two rounds of $25.

Desiree Fawn 4 years ago

I’d love to help with $25!

Nina 4 years ago

Jill! You’re amazing!! of course I’m in!

Debra 4 years ago

May everyone have food and blessings this year. God bless you all! Such a wonderful thing going on here.

Anonymous 4 years ago

It’s a hurting time for me, but I’m single so I don’t need to feed a family. I love that you are doing this. Bless you!

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s so kind of you to sacrifice like that. I’m working out all the details and will be in touch with everyone in the next few days. Thank you so much.

Uncle Matt and Bari 4 years ago

Such a wonderful idea. Put us in for $25.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

If you change your mind and want to cook a meal, even just for the leftovers with the kids, just tell me. We’ll have enough donations to go around.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s wonderful of you to do. I need to find a way to get my kids involved in this.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

I so appreciate that. And, if you change your mind and could use some help, just say the word.

julie gardner 4 years ago

I’m in for a complete dinner for whoever needs it.

I’m also extremely humbled by everyone’s generosity here.
And grateful to you for organizing this.

So very grateful.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

Truly the most helpful thing is to help me spread the word. Amazingly, right now, we have more givers than takers, and I would love to help as many people as we possibly can. But, feel free to e-mail me if you have other ideas!

Cam @ nothankyouplease.com 4 years ago

Count me in to help! I’d be happy to give $50!

Jessica 4 years ago

I can help.

Ame 4 years ago

What a wonderful thing you have started…..this year we can really use the help. Things have been getting tougher as the year goes on. We work hard and it often seems we have not much to show for it. Any help would be a blessing! I hope things turn around soon and we can be someone’s angel next year!

Becca 4 years ago

I cried reading your post today. My husband and I lost the jobs we had, working at the same company for over 8 years in may. Long story short many things are starting to feel unreal as we try to adjust to my being unemployed. Thank you. The world needs more people like you, the middle class is getting squeezed so damn tight its nice to hear someone is listening to the sound of us desperately trying to climb out of this dark hole. Thank you again.

Megan {{Millions of Miles}} 4 years ago

Moms for moms- it’s a beautiful thing! I am so in!

Carissa Carrera 4 years ago

I’m definitely in for $25. My BIL passed away almost 3 weeks ago after a long hard battle with cancer, and I have been blown away by the outpouring of help my sister and her kids have received from their community!! Never seen anything like it in my life. I am glad to be able to help someone in need, especially after seeing how much it all meant to my sister.

Aimee 4 years ago

I hope this is where I should be posting…thank you ladies and thank you Jill for your thoughts, help and care. Love, love, love you all! You made my stress level go down drastically!

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That’s just as helpful as a monetary donation. Thank you. And, if the money could help you out this year, just say the word. I will find a match for everyone who needs it.

Sarah C 4 years ago

I’m in for $50. Let me know how to do it. I have a PayPal acct.

Aspen 4 years ago

I’m absolutely in. Six years ago I was having to make decisions like “do I buy bread or toilet paper?” and right now I’m blessed to be in a position where I can help someone else. I will be smiling extra brightly this Thanksgiving thinking of the family this donation will be helping!

Aubrey Anne 4 years ago

I hope this isn’t inappropriate, I don’t mean to re-direct, but I do a pajama drive for kids without any warm pajamas every year. If anyone is looking for more places to help, @thepajamaprogram is the perfect way to give something cozy for the cold winter. Here is my blog post about this year’s pajama drive for more details: http://www.waytoomuchaubrey.com/2011/11/its-that-time-again.html.

(Feel free to delete if this comment is tacky. I won’t be offended.)

JG 4 years ago

I am starting to lose hope in the government. We all must help each other. I love this idea. Count me in. I would be more than happy to give.

Anonymous 4 years ago

I would really appreciate the help for our Thanksgiving meal. Money is tight and I would love to be able to cook a meal for my little family. You ladies are fantastic and the offered generosity is making me so happy and grateful.

Katie 4 years ago

Would love to help a family in need. Let me know how I can help.

Life with Kaishon 4 years ago

I want to help Jill! Please let me know where to send the money.
Praying for all those that are hurting and in need right now. Praying and praying.

Leisel 4 years ago

Count me in. Just let me know where to send the donation.

My husband was unemployed for a short time last year so I know how easy it is to go from doing OK to not doing OK.

Jen 4 years ago

I am in Canada and even though we had our Thanksgiving last month I would love to be able to help out a Canadian family for the holidays. I have $25.

shannon 4 years ago

Count me in for one meal!
-shannon in Austin

F.M. 4 years ago

This is such a wondrous post. The people who are so generously offering up $25, even $50. It’s amazing. I would be beyond thrilled to receive a card for groceries. but please place me at the bottom of the list. Honestly- Thanksgiving isn’t even on my radar. I don’t even know what we’re doing, if anything. I’m having panic attacks about how we’ll provide christmas for our 3 kids without them knowing what dire straits we’re in. Any help with groceries would free up a few dollars I can stash away. You all are beautiful!

MJ 4 years ago

Put me down for $25. Just send me the details. This is an amazing thing you’re doing…kudos!

=( 4 years ago

I have a family in my town that needs help. We are newly scraping by or I would buy their dinner myself. They lost their Dad in an accident a few months back. This will be the first holiday with out him.

Galit Breen 4 years ago

In. So very tearfully in. xo

Dani 4 years ago

Please put me down for $25.

Shauna Callow 4 years ago

Would love to give $25. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sue 4 years ago

Ok, that would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!

Sarah 4 years ago

Your post today hit hard. I became a single mother July ’10, then dealt with a 4 month cancer scare, and then in Jan of ’11 I was driving my son to school and our car was totaled in an accident. All these months later, I’m still going receiving treatment each week. I was a stay at home Mom before becoming a single parent. I have struggled to get call backs – let alone get interviews over the last year plus. Money is beyond unbearable….when reading the comments under your Confessional, it was as if I could have written most of them. I’ve never been in such a position before – let alone asked for help. Thank You for making this post. And I hope that those who can spare help will do so. Blessings to you & your family on this Holiday. <3 from Portland.

Sara 4 years ago

I’m in via Paypal. Thank you for doing this.

Lindsey 4 years ago

I’ve had a lot of hard times, but I’ve never had to worry about my daughter not eating. I’m sitting here sobbing, its just not right. I absolutely have $ 25 to spare… Sign me up.

Erin I’m Gonna Kill Him 4 years ago

I’m in.

Jessica@Team Rasler 4 years ago

You rock. I love Thanksgiving, too, and everyone – especially all the moms with kids – should get to worry about whether the turkey is done and not whether there will be any.

I’m in to help two families, so match me up and let me know the details!

Practical Parenting 4 years ago

I’m in! You are amazing :)

Robin O’Bryant 4 years ago

Down for $25.

Karen Diaz 4 years ago

I am in, just tell me where to send it!

Dr. G 4 years ago

I’m in for 4 gift cards.

KH99 4 years ago

It hasn’t been the best year for us (for who has it been?), but I can definitely give $25. Please let me know what the next step is.

Jenn 4 years ago

I would be incredibly grateful for any help I can get for my family. My husband is a self employed carpenter/handyman and he had a huge job canceled this summer at the last minute. Since then we have fallen down a hole we can’t get out of. We can’t pay our rent and our landlord wants us out. We are currently awaiting notification of our eviction hearing date. at this point I’m hoping we will be in our house for Thanksgiving but beyond that I don’t know what will happen. If we can’t scrape together the money for a place, we may be spending Christmas in a hotel – we don’t have family to help us financially or take us in. My kids need so many things I can’t provide right now and it’s hard to see all the holiday decorations going up and people planning their holidays when I don’t even know if we will have a place to live soon. I try to remember that no matter what happens we’ll be together but it’s hard to stay positive sometimes. Being able to provide my family with Thanksgiving dinner without worrying how I will afford it would be an incredible gift for us this year. Thank You so much for your generosity, my heart is touched by all who are offering to help. You are all wonderful.

Amanda 4 years ago

I’d be more than happy to donate $25. Thanks for doing this!!

Liz 4 years ago

Count me in! I am happy to help – put me down for $50!

Ann 4 years ago

Count me in for $25.00

Stacy Uncorked 4 years ago

You are so awesome for organizing this – I’ve been in that scraping by mode and too shy (or proud) to ask for help. Please count me in for $25! I’d be honored to help.

Tina Sutherland 4 years ago

This might be a duplicate posting, but I want to make sure I am in the ‘I can help’ column. Just let me know what to do next.

Lindsay H. 4 years ago

I’m in for $25. Turkey Day, here we come!

Patty Lennon 4 years ago

I’m happy to help – Beautiful post!
To those who have posted in need – this is just one year and there will be better ones ahead. I am sending each and everyone of you love and light.

Evin Cooper 4 years ago

I’m in. As soon as I stop crying, I’m totally in.

Ryan (The Woven Moments) 4 years ago

What a fabulous idea! I am totally in.

stressed out mom 4 years ago

Hi
I really really hate to ask for help, but here I am. I am a single mom to a darling autistic son and financially, we are struggling. So this would be a blessing! Hopefully next year we will be the one’s donating….

Alex@LateEnough 4 years ago

I’m in for $25 and very happy to be helping someone out.

Stefanie 4 years ago

I have two $50.00 gift cards to cover two family’s dinners. Let me know where to send them. You are a rock star for doing this. I would expect no less. Love you lady.

Tina Sutherland 4 years ago

Please put this lucky lady in the help column…just let me know what to do.

cayce 4 years ago

I’m in for $25 as well.

Also, If there are any Raleigh-Durham moms in need out there reading this comment, please contact me.

Erin 4 years ago

This is so awesome and I’m fortunate to have never worried about this…..but I wanna help! Let me know how, I will gladly share!

Siobhan 4 years ago

About 5 years ago, my husband and I went through this too. We had one child and one on the way. I was skipping meals to keep more food in the fridge. We were buying groceries with our credit card we were that broke. I know how hard it is to realise you need help and then ask for it. I would love to help with $25.

Stephanie 4 years ago

Sign me up. I will give.

Glam-O-Mommy 4 years ago

What a wonderful idea Jill. I’d love to help…tell me where to send my $25.

Mia 4 years ago

I am unable to donate money this year, however donated my time by retweeting your post using as many relevant hashtags I could think of.

My heart goes out to families in need. My dream is that no one has to ever go hungry or eat alone, two of the saddest things I can think of. I constantly worry about people having enough to eat and what you all are doing is awesome, to say the least.

My mother and grandmother always donate a turkey dinner to a woman’s shelter and I am so proud of them for that and so much more they do for our family and other families.

Thank you for doing this. Just thinking about the realities many face is heart wrenching and I hope a lot of families get to have a warm dinner and delicious leftovers for days.

Raye 4 years ago

I would be happy to donate. Great idea!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation 4 years ago

The fact that you are doing this makes me love you even more. Swear words, vodka candy & helping those in need?

I’m all in…send me the details!

Anonymous 4 years ago

As much as it pains me to admit, I can’t offer to help the way I’d like to. It’s been a rough year. Heck, it’s been a rough couple of years. And sometimes I can’t see an end to this.
Thank you for putting your thoughts and beliefs into action like this. All of you. Thank you.

Anonymous 4 years ago

I hate to even admit this, but the only way I can do Thanksgiving is if I put my account in the negative. We just has a bad few weeks and are trying to get caught up. I will pay it forward in whatever way I can.

Greatful 4 years ago

We definatly could use a meal. My husband lost his job 2 months ago and I was a stay at home mom with my 6 kids. My husband made enough money so I could plus with so many kids and cost of daycare it would have cost more if I had worked. Anyways we have no money and barely any food and our local food banks are running low on food and u can only go once a month and we r waiting to hear if we quilify for assistance through the state…..i am worried my kids wont havse thanksgiving dinner or a christmas…we were turned down at the salvation army because my husband made to much when he was working they, dont care that he lost his job so my kids will not be getting presents either unless one of us finds work before then….u r such a thoughtful bunch may god bless u

stacey@Havoc&Mayhem 4 years ago

DH’s job is iffy currently but we do have a fully stocked freezer and $25 to share with someone. Possibly $50, I’ll know better after the 15th.

ML @ My 3 Little Birds 4 years ago

I can help…I’m in for $25. Just let me know. Thank you for doing this.

shannon 4 years ago

I would love to help, sign me up for $25. And thank you for being so wonderful Jill!

liz 4 years ago

I’m in for $25. Definitely.

Jen Spengler 4 years ago

We’d love to help — just retweeted (@studiomlajolla) — we’re in for $50. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Kate 4 years ago

Where can I donate? I’m in for $100.

Laura 4 years ago

Count me in! My heart breaks at the thought of a family without a Thanksgiving dinner. Love this idea! :)

Sarah 4 years ago

I would be so grateful to have out family of seven matched with a donor for Thanksgiving.

Alesha 4 years ago

I’m down for $25. Just tell me where to send it.

anonymous 4 years ago

This made me cry. I honestly have just barely enough to put the meal on the table, and I’m sure a lot of people are the same way. I’ve been saving for 2 months to do it.

Christine Iwanski 4 years ago

I’m in Pittsburgh, PA and I’m in for $25. Just let me know the deets.

PS: You are amazing.

Chrissy 4 years ago

As hard as it is for me to ask for help, I would greatly appreciate help with a Thanksgiving meal. I am a single mom with 2 small children and recently lost my job. This year has been really difficult and i would love to provide a nice meal for my kids.

Kelly 4 years ago

Yes, please. Lost a job, IRS baloney, and banks screwing with my finances has put me in a bad spot. Anything you can do to help.

Normally, I would be helping others.

Shannan 4 years ago

Count me in for $25! Having been in frightening financial situations before, I count myself blessed to be in a position to give back.

Debbi 4 years ago

Right on…I’m in! Where do I send the $25?

Lauren 4 years ago

I’m very happy to help. You’re an inspiration Jill.

Ashton 4 years ago

Calling all extreme couponers! I can’t stand to see the people who have basements of stock piles and can’t turn around to help the people who need it most!

Kim 4 years ago

I know we won’t be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving feast this year with my husband’s job now gone. But luckily for us, our kids are too little to realize what Thanksgiving is, so they won’t notice if we don’t have a fancy meal. As long as our power stays on, we’ll be plenty thankful for just having each other and a roof over our heads. That’s more than many people have. This is a wonderful thing you’re doing, and I wish I could afford to contribute. I will definitely be praying for all the people who are so graciously giving of themselves, as well as for all of those who will be touched by this outpouring of generosity.

NotJune 4 years ago

You rock. I’m in for $25.

Trisha Bradley 4 years ago

This is so amazing! I am the NHS advisor at my high school, and we just started a food drive of teen friendly food–food they like to eat and can cook by themselves–for specifically the long school breaks! We have kids who only eat the two free meals they get at school, so having Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks is SCARY! I want you to know that I am going to buy two gift cards from my local grocery store in the amount of $50 and make sure they are given to two local families that I know will not have a Thanksgiving dinner. PLEASE know that you are proof how ONE person can make a HUGE difference :)))

shawn main 4 years ago

it means so much to know there are people out there who truly care and do not judge. i am a single mom, and its very hard at times when i am barely making ends meet and my ex refuses to pay support and the court isnt doing much. I try so hard with volunteering, working, college and raising my girls alone, but sometimes i just feel so overwhelmed. i would love any help i can get, and soon, things are going to turn around for us and we will be able to help others in need. thanks for the awesome site

Krystin 4 years ago

We could definitely use the help this season. Things have been tough, we are both working and barely have money after bills for food, etc. I can understand if you don’t have enough to help everyone though!!!!

This a great thing you are doing!

Nicole 4 years ago

I’ll donate $25

Cynthia Schames 4 years ago

I’m in for $100.
Thank you for doing this.

Jennifer Ellison 4 years ago

We’ve had to borrow the money to go home for Thanksgiving before, but have never gone without. I would count it an honor to help… please tell me where to send my $25

meri 4 years ago

I would love to help and spread the word. I would be happy to blog about this as well and link up so you can get the word out.

Nicole 4 years ago

I would love to help. I can spare $25.00

Tamar 4 years ago

I’m touched that you’re using this public forum to help raise money to feed families in need. I’d like to contribute $25 to your efforts.

Jessica 4 years ago

We could definitely use the help this year. Laid off and the darn car just died. You all are so awesome.

Kat @ iHeart7.com 4 years ago

This is an inspiring thing that you are doing here. I would love to give! I will try for $50 but you can most definitely count me in for $25 at the least. Let me know what I need to do and when! I’m in the metro Atlanta area so if there’s anyone local, let me know! If not, that’s fine also…

Tonia 4 years ago

Put me down for $100

Julia 4 years ago

Moved to tears. We can help with $25. Contact me.

Jennifer 4 years ago

I can help. Just let me know what to do.

Vanessa Laplant 4 years ago

I think that this is an amazing thing that you are putting together and am i tears reading the comments and seeing the number of people that are jumping at the chance to help feed a stranger and their family in their time of need. My husband works two jobs to provide for our two children and myself. We make just enough that we do not qet goverment help but not enough to make ends meet. There are many weeks that go by that there is not much in the refridgerator except milk and jelly. We would really be so very greatful if we could get help to provide thanksgiving for our family this year, and would be more than happy to pay if forward when the chance presents it self!!

Colleen 4 years ago

Happy to help with $25.

Colleen 4 years ago

Happy to give $25!

Victoria KP 4 years ago

I am so moved by how many people want to help out. Put me down for $25 and lots of prayers for the folks who need the help this year. May their situations make a turn for the better soon.

Colleen 4 years ago

I’m happy to help by giving $25. Thank you for doing this!.

melissa 4 years ago

count me in for $50. we are having issues here but i can afford to feed my family w/some money left over. i’d rather give it to families that need it than waste it on something stupid!! this is a great idea jill. you’re awesome. xo

Danielle @danielle92278 4 years ago

I’m in for $50. Tell me when and how.

PS: You’re amazing!!

Lisa 4 years ago

Hello. This is wonderful of you to do. We are a family of 6 who can really use the help this year. My husband was laid off recently and this year has been extremely stressful. Thank you.

Pauline 4 years ago

I would love to help! Email me some info !

Leah Segedie 4 years ago

Put me down for $100 please. If this is by paypal, it will be soooo easy. :)

Kristin 4 years ago

We would love to help a family in need. Count us in for $50. Thank you!

Rebekah 4 years ago

I can help with a $25 grocery gift card.

Pauline 4 years ago

I am in if you want me. This is a wonderful project. Thank you. Email md and let me know where to Greg that $25!

karen 4 years ago

i will love to help

Amber 4 years ago

Put me down for $50. I bitch and I bitch about my life, but I know how lucky I am.

Robin 4 years ago

Please put me in for $50.

Chelle 4 years ago

I would love to help! Tell me when and where to send the money. I truly believe everyone deserves to have a Thanksgiving dinner.

Robyn 4 years ago

My family could really use the help this year. I have been stressing out so much about not being able to have a Thanksgiving.
This is a very wonderful thing you are doing!

Nancy @SensitivePantry 4 years ago

I would be honored to help. Looking forward to your email.

Joanna Warden 4 years ago

What a wonderful project, Jill. I’m in!

Amy B. 4 years ago

This is so wonderful. I’m crying thinking of how many people will now have a happy Thanksgiving because of this.

tammy 4 years ago

This is amazing, moms helping other moms…GOOSEBUMPS!!
I’m in! Fab idea ScaryMommy!!

luckdragon 4 years ago

i have been scared, un(der)employed, and broke before…and so lucky to have family and friends that know how to take care of and love each other unconditionally. my seasonal-but-fairly-well-paid job ends next sunday, and i am flying home to spend thanksgiving with my family. all i’m responsible for this year is the green bean casserole. so please put me down for $25! shoot me an email with the payment details, and thank you for doing this!

Bonnie 4 years ago

I have been up and I have been down. Struggling at this point but also trying to help my son who cannot find work have a good Thanksgiving with his 6 yr old daughter. His wife was injured at her work and they live in a rental also.
Very nice thing you are doing. Wish I could help others in need.

Seriously Sassy Mama 4 years ago

I just got a coupon from TXU for a free turkey or ham. I do not need it. Can you use it in a package or something? It is yours. All I need is an address to send it to!

tammy 4 years ago

This is amazing, moms helping other moms…GOOSEBUMPS!!! I’m in!!
Fab idea ScaryMommy!

Prozacprincess 4 years ago

For several years the local church and food banks would bring food boxes to my grandmother (she raised me and my brother after my mom died) and it was a blessing to us. I’d love to give back. Where can I send my check for $25?

Tammy Gordon 4 years ago

Count me in for $25. Amazing, inspiring idea.

Mom in Florida 4 years ago

This is absolutely amazing what you are doing. I wish that my family could help. I have been out of work since July when I was put on bed rest at 31 weeks. Two weeks before we had our daughter my husband lost his job as well. I will share this with as many people as I can and hope that next year we will be able to help others.

mom-mom-mom 4 years ago

Please count me in for $25. I’m in the Chicago area if that helps. Thank you for making a difference~

Lisa 4 years ago

We are in the middle and will have enough this year but not enough to help someone else right now. I know that our church is gathering food for people in our community. We call them Blessing Bags and have been personally blessed to fill them for others in previous years. If you need help, please ask for it – tell a pastor, a school counselor, a friend, the Salvation Army, someone. I know it can be humiliating, but many people genuinely want to help. Thank you all for getting involved in this project.

Laura 4 years ago

I wish I could help…i am a single mom and I am worried how I am going to provide for my son this holiday season… I admire what you are doing !!! May God bless you and your family. Thank you

Amy from Resourceful Mommy 4 years ago

I’m in for $50! Let me know what you need!

Yuliya 4 years ago

I’d love to help, put me down for $25

Heather Garcia 4 years ago

My family usually gets together and has a pot luck Thanksgiving, I am a single mom of 3 children and only get 280$ for food assistance but am below the poverty line and struggle with groceries around the holiday season. If someone could help I would appreciate it.

ConnieFoggles 4 years ago

This will make my Thanksgiving even happier! I’m in and would like to make a donation in honor of a friend.

the robot mommy 4 years ago

This is amazing. Of course I want to contribute. Send me up, email me, whatevs. I’m in for 25$ :)

Kate 4 years ago

I am like most of the others humbly asking for help. Reading all the comments has me in tears. This would really make our holiday if you have enough to go around, and I pray that next year we’ll be able to pay it forward.

Jamie 4 years ago

Love this! I am happy to help. Count me in for $25!

Michelle 4 years ago

I wish we could help. Husband has been put on restricted duty for an injury. This is an awesome thing you are doing and I will share this on my wall.

Ellen @LoveThatMax 4 years ago

This is wonderful. I’m in, for $25. And if you need an extra $25, I’m in for $50.

Miss Britt 4 years ago

I can definitely help.

Krista 4 years ago

I’ve got $25. Sign me up.

Susan 4 years ago

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Kate 4 years ago

I’m in for $100

OhanaMama 4 years ago

Since becoming a single mom three years ago, I have received SO much love and generosity from so many people. I am fortunate to have the help I need, and to never even have to question whether I’ll have to skip a holiday.

I would love to contribute $25 toward another family’s Thanksgiving festivities.

Thank you!

kyle 4 years ago

I am in for $25

Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) 4 years ago

oops forgot to give the amount! I am in for $25. Thanks so much for doing this.

Anna Lefler 4 years ago

Of course! Please put me on your “helper” list and we can talk offline about the details.

You can count on me – and THANK YOU for doing this. What a beautiful idea.

XOXO

Anna

Ann 4 years ago

I would be happy to help! Count me in for $25.

Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) 4 years ago

I would love to give! Match me up!

Julie 4 years ago

We have been blessed. I would be honored to help. Tell me where to send a check for $50. Thank you, Jill!

CoreyAnn 4 years ago

While right now I’m trying to make it through the holidays while still paying a mountain of medical debt and unable to spend on other charities, I am willing, and have already set up, an annual food drive that I run every year. With some volunteers and a strong community, for every Thanksgiving & Christmas we are able to raise over 1200 items and fill 1-2 SUVs at each collection. This will be our 4th year and I’m really trying to see if we can’t hit it out of the park for our local food bank which has seen the number of people needing their services grow over 60% from when we first started raising donations for them back in 2008.

Laura C. 4 years ago

I’d love to contribute $50 for a family. Just tell me where to send the check. Thank you for organizing this. Lots of love to you and yours.

Kelly 4 years ago

Our family would appreciate this help more than I could ever put into words. I am disabled and have been waiting for hearing before a judge for several months now and have been by my lawyer it will be another 10 months. Our family of 5 has been on food stamps. $300 a month. We had our food stamps stopped by the state this month because my husband made an extra sale this month at work that put us over their limit. The extra $80 he made went to repair our furnace. ($320 of which we had to borrow from my parents) So it’s not like the extra $80 went into our pockets. I have NO idea how we are going to be able to afford a Christmas gift for our 3 children neverless how we are going to feed them for the holidays. I want our children to know the real meaning of Thanksgiving and not that it’s just about turkey & cranberries. If we are chosen to receive you can be assured that we will pay it forward in any way that we can.

Brandi 4 years ago

I want to help! Unfortunately, we aren’t super ahead this year with a 16 month old, and two jobs we do for the passion of it rather than the paycheck- but please put our family down for $25. Thank you for doing this!
brandigreenfield52@gmail.com

jacqui 4 years ago

I’d be happy to help! Everyone should be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner with their family. Awesome idea!

Lisa 4 years ago

I’m in for $50. Just let me know when and where :)

Carrie Ann Woodard 4 years ago

I would really like to help! Please sign me up and let me know what the next step is! :-)

You are amazing!

Carrie Ann (aka StayAtHomeGinger)

OHmommy 4 years ago

Absolutely. I’d love to contribute!

Debbie 4 years ago

Maybe because this is anonymous, or maybe an answer to a a prayer of a prideful, fiercely independent divorced single Mom. I work very hard, 40+ hours a week but still find it difficult to feed my family. My income is just over the poverty. Median so I don’t qualify for almost all programs. Yes, I could really use the help with Thanksgiving dinner. Ironically, I’m a Mayflower descendant. Thanks so much for caring.

Beth 4 years ago

I just posted about Paying It Forward. Perhaps this post was dropped in my lap at the perfect time. Please email me how to get involved.

April Groves 4 years ago

I got a family…let me know what else I can do!

Anne 4 years ago

I’m certainly not flush with money, but I have enough to cook a nice Thanksgiving dinner for myself and my boyfriend. I understand how important this day is, and even thought it’s a stretch for me – I’m in for $25. For me it might mean conserving gas for a week, or going without my daily Diet Coke, but that’s nothing compared to the unimaginable stress of not being able to feed your family.

Please let me know how to donate? PayPal?

Shannon 4 years ago

Count me in… I’d be honored to help.

Shannon 4 years ago

Count me in – it wasn’t so long ago that without the generosity of our family and friends, my husband and I would have lost our house. Thank God, he found a fabulous well paying job, and I get to be home with our then-1-now-2 kiddos. Things are still tight (it’s amazing the amount debt one can accumulate when one has almost no income and a little one at home! Damn credit cards…), but we can certainly afford $25 to help another family. Thanks for doing this – it’s a spectacular idea!

JulieSue 4 years ago

Happy to provide 2 dinners, let me know how to go about this.

SoberJulie 4 years ago

I’m in for $25 on paypal, just drop me an email…but they must have Canadian Bacon (joking)

Just Jennifer 4 years ago

My husband’s hours have been cut back lately, but we should be fine for Thanksgiving dinner. We will be giving a little to our local food bank, so I don’t think I can afford $25 more. But I will happily tweet, FB and stumble this!

Ami 4 years ago

i’m in for $25! thank you for organizing this – it’s amazing!

Jayme 4 years ago

I want to help. Count me in.

Alison@Mama Wants This 4 years ago

I’m in Malaysia and we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I love the idea behind this, Jill. Would love to help.

Kim 4 years ago

Would love to give $25. Will be watching to see how to send the $$$.

Kate Buckley 4 years ago

I can sponsor two dinners. Please contact me with how I can help. I am a fellow Baltimore area mom.

– Kate Buckley

Heather Dittenber 4 years ago

We were there two years ago, lost everything (home, cars, etc..) Slowly getting back on our feet and would love to help :)

Rachael 4 years ago

I can help with four. Pretty sure I have now double commented and sorry. Either way, I can help! Would be proud to do so!

Caryl 4 years ago

I’m in. Email me. In the Sacramento area…

Jennifer 4 years ago

Yes, I can help!

Rachael 4 years ago

I can help with four. It would be my honor!

jojo 4 years ago

I must say we do get food stamps. But in this case its only 230 for four people. My son is deaf/autistic and will not accept any type of food unless it will fit through the nipple of a bottle. Most of our food goes to him in the form of baby food, pedia sure for nutrition and other things. I did the math and all we will be able to afford this year is one ham after our normal shopping is done. Thats it, all we get this year. If someone is willing to help me with Thanksgiving it would be so wonderful a blessing. My children are getting older and I would like them to have a memorable Thanksgiving they can remember. Thank you.

Me 4 years ago

I am fortunate enough that my children’s school has a program and my family has been adopted and will receive a box of food. I just want to say that, as someone who is struggling, these acts of kindness and generosity are always appreciated. I had a period where I needed help and I was able to get gifts of school supplies, and Christmas boxes of food and sometimes gifts of store gift cards that I could use after the holiday to buy food or even to buy gifts for my children to celebrate Christmas. I then got a job and was able to return the favor, but got laid off again at the end of last school year and am again struggling. Thank you for this project, it is a beautiful gesture and most definitely will be deeply and profoundly appreciated.

These days there is a lot of blaming of those who are dealing with difficult circumstances. Those who find that they have no choice but seek Assistance are vilified and labelled and it is a horribly humiliating situation to be in. When someone reaches out and touches another with compassion and understanding, it is a novel experience and I want to say that it IS appreciated, even if the words are not spoken out of a sense of shame for having the need identified and addressed and a fear of judgment.and hate since that seems to be the response du jour and something different is confusing.

Ok, I am done, I just wanted to say my piece. I send thanks on behalf of those who can’t.

Colene 4 years ago

Please count me in for $25.

Cindy S 4 years ago

Awesome idea, count me in!

Jennifer 4 years ago

Yes, count me in!

Tara 4 years ago

I like another commenter can remember being a young girl and having to get Thanksgiving dinner from our school counselor as she nominated us as a family in need. While I always donate at the store etc. I love this idea and would definitely be in for $25. Please let me know how to donate. Thank you for doing this, I know first hand that it makes a difference!

Dee Dee 4 years ago

This is lovely. Many blessings to you for your loving heart. I have already committed to provide T-giving dinners for 2 families I know who are in need. I am a single mom of 7 and we are very blessed. I’ve taught my children to think of others first…it’s what gives the greatest joy.

Nicole DeZarn 4 years ago

I don’t have much, but I have $25. I’d be honored to help out. What a beautiful idea!!! nicoledezarn@ymail.com

Cindy S 4 years ago

What an amazing idea! Please count me in for $50.

Jen 4 years ago

I would like to donate a whole me. Please count me in $50.

This is a wonderful idea just wonderful and what the season is all about. I am so thankful for all my blessing, I would love to share.

Sleepless mom 4 years ago

More than happy to donate $25. Hugs.

Kristin 4 years ago

I’m in. Feel free to match me up.

Jodi 4 years ago

Count me in please!! I will donate 2.

Maria 4 years ago

I’d love to help, please e-mail me how to get the money to you. :-)

Jill 4 years ago

I’m in!

Pattie Crider 4 years ago

That is a wonderful idea! Times are tough and if it wasn’t for my food stamps we also would have food on the table issues.

Robin 4 years ago

I am happy to donate, Jill. Please sign me up.

Wendy @ mama one to three 4 years ago

Please let me help. I’d be honored to help with $25. Bless you for thinking of doing something so kind.

Bella 4 years ago

Okay. I don’t have 25.00 but if you message me or tweet me, I will tell you what I CAN do to help out. I’d love to help a local family.

Liza 4 years ago

Put me down for $25.

Janice Carnevale 4 years ago

I would like to sponsor 2 families.

Lisa 4 years ago

I’m SO glad you posted this. I’ve been out of work and I totally relate to the confessionals you posted above. It’s humiliating to be without food or gas money and to be thinking about moving during the holidays. Fortunately, I don’t have kids at the moment and my parents have been able to help me enough that I can get by. But I can’t imagine if I had a family to feed for Thanksgiving. To be honest, my situation has been depressing enough that the lows have been lower than I ever thought they’d be. I’d love to help and hopefully next year I can. xo

Mom of MBZ 4 years ago

I would love to help!!! Please send me an address to send money. Thank you for organizing…great idea!

Carolyn (temysmom) 4 years ago

I’m in. Just let me know where to send it or how you want this to work.

maddie 4 years ago

I’m happy to give $25 through paypal. It would be an honor.

Sharon @ Momof6 4 years ago

I’m in! Let’s DO this! Put me down for $25!

Aubrey Anne 4 years ago

This is amazing what you’re doing. I can barely handle paying for food as it is, so I won’t be able to donate. But I will spread the word like wildfire. Love to see people thinking about the less-lucky-than-them. :) xoxo Good luck, Aubrey

Jenn Sparandeo 4 years ago

I can’t help financially as we’ve had a really rough year( lost our house and jobs) . But I have earned two free turkeys and will happily give one to a family in need. I am in Ute, IA and can travel to deliver it if needed. Please let me
know If I can help someone have a happy Thanksgiving.

Dawn 4 years ago

This is so hard for me to admit but I could really use some help this year…its just me and my three kids, I lost my job and have recently gotten a seasonal job but will not get my first check until the day after thanksgiving. Any help would be SO appreciated, you have no idea. Bless you and all you’re doing for those of us in need.

kim 4 years ago

Family of four, would greatly appreciat a wonderfull dinner. I sure hope to be able to give back some day soon. A little less stress this time of year would be a God send, thank you moms everywhere

Mikki 4 years ago

I would love to give $25 too, this is a really amazing idea.

Jacklynn Otis 4 years ago

I live in Lexington, KY and can give $50. smandyj@yahoo.com

Lin 4 years ago

I’m not sure if you’re able to help anyone in Canada, but we could sure use it right now. I really debated if I should post and ask for help or not, but I think it’s worth admitting that things aren’t going so great for us right now. I’m home to take care of our 1 year old and my husband works for himself (not much work around here). We keep picking up odd jobs and selling things we don’t need, but money is tight. You are very right: $50 makes a HUGE difference when your fridge is empty.

Even if you aren’t able to help me, I just want to say THANK YOU for doing this and for connecting those who Have with those who Need. As others have said, I hope to be in the Have group by next year at this time, and able to pay it forward then.

karen 4 years ago

i will help

Megan 4 years ago

As embarrassing as it is…my 2 little kiddos and I could, most definitely, use the help this year. I am recently divorced and had to move (what an awful time of the year, financially, to have to move!). Feeding my children has never been a concern of mine, until the recently. I make way to much money to receive any type of assistance but not enough to make ends meet. We would appreciate the help this year and someday we will be able to pay it forward!!!!

Jen 4 years ago

I am also a single mommy (two girls) I do not receive child support and do not qualify for help from the state….however I have never had to worry about where my next meal would come from. I understand many families are not as fortunate as mine. I have been teaching my my girls about how lucky we are and giving back to the community. Over the weekend we selected a family from our local Salvation Army and went on a huge shopping spree for them for Christmas morning. I am a social worker and I see the neediest of the needy families daily. I am always being told I cannot save the world and my response is always the same I’m not trying to save the world I am trying to save this one family. Anyways please count me in for $25.00 (I do not have paypal but I can send a check or whatever)

tamala 4 years ago

My family and I would love to help by giving $25!

Maria Serfontein 4 years ago

I’m in for $50. Please let me know what to do. What an awesome idea.

karen 4 years ago

I would love to give my $25 and help out another family in need, everyone should be able to celebrate thanksgiving!

stilllookingup 4 years ago

I too would love to help, usually every year we leave a bag of “standard issue” T-day supplies on a family we know may be in desperate need, and then we invite Seniors to share the day with us from the Nursing home that are well enough to leave but don’t have anyone. The past 2 years have been a financial and medical blow to us. We have agreed to be Thankful for the roof, the power and each other one more day. I think what you are doing is awesome and I am sorry I cant’ help.

Kathy 4 years ago

My dad and his family had Thanksgiving dinner every year only because the local church brought them a basket of food every Thanksgiving. Count me in for $50.

Wanda Wiley 4 years ago

I’m in for 25$ or the whole 50$ if no others are in my area to pair up with.

steph 4 years ago

I would happily donate, too, if I weren’t in need myself. In the last 3 years, my husband and I have gone through 2 rounds of job loss, moved 5 times and had a baby with health issues (and medical bills up the wazoo). Like others have previously said, we somehow have always “made too much” according to whatever scale they use, yet we have too many expenses (not cable or fancy clothes, but medicine, etc.) That we can’t make ends meet. I’d love some help and if, as we hope and pray, we are really on the upswing, will pay it forward next year.

Chrissy 4 years ago

As much as I hate to say it… I could use help putting food on the table. Things have been tough, hubby was out of work for 3 years, then he got a job in sept, just for them to lay him off in oct (temp work) Since then there has been no income but my student loans (I am studying to be a nurse so I never again end up in this situation!!). Your amazing for what you are doing, and all those that are helping! A wonderful inspiration!!!

Bernadette 4 years ago

I’d love to…please count me in for $50.

Julie 4 years ago

Im having the worst year. My husband left and our house was foreclosed on. I work really hard but buying a Thanksgiving dinner this year isn’t in the budget. Please help me if you can.

The Stiletto Mom 4 years ago

Stiletto…IN!!! No one should have to worry about putting food on the table any day of the year. If I can help on one special day, it would be my honor.

NLGabry 4 years ago

As much as this pains me to do (stupid pride), we could use the help this year. We just lost our house and had to move into a 2 bedroom apartment (2 adults, 3 kids, one on the way). We don’t make much to begin with, and DH’s checks are basically cut in half by child support every week. We’ve applied for assistance, but according to them we “make too much”. It’s so hard. We have been living paycheck to paycheck, stressing out about Christmas, worried about getting groceries, let alone Thanksgiving dinner. We would be so incredibly grateful for any kind of help, and hopefully we are in a place next year to where we can give back.

:( 4 years ago

I could use help putting food on the table.

Tseidel 4 years ago

I’ll do $50.

RubberDucky 4 years ago

As long as you can accept my international cc, put me down for a full meal! please

April 4 years ago

I can donate..Please contact me!

Brandy Herigon 4 years ago

I’m in for $25. So THANKFUL to be able to do something.

Jennifer 4 years ago

What better way to give thanks for all that we have? I’m in for $25. Thanks for doing this!

Mary Beth Warner 4 years ago

What a terrific idea, I am in!

Missy 4 years ago

Wonderful thing you’re doing!! I’m in for 25 :)

Tammy James 4 years ago

I have always been fortunate, as a single mom of an autistic son, to be able to provide for us. This year will be tough & I was told that I can go to my local food pantry for a Thanksgiving basket ~ when I went to “apply” I offered to help… deliver food to my area to help ~ I was told I make too much money, BUT they told me I could still help…I was absolutely humiliated & I had my son with me (maybe not the best thing) who was crying later that nite. May I ask for your help? I wouldn’t need 50.00 because it is only the 2 of us. This is a very humbling time in my life, but my son just wants a turkey & the fixin’s (as he puts it ♥ ) I would appreciate ANY help. Thank you!
LOVE your page!

Anon 4 years ago

This is such a great thing you’re doing and this year has been so hard. I hate asking for help, I really do, but I need it.

Jennifer 4 years ago

Hi count me in for $25! This is a wonderful idea!

Wendy 4 years ago

I can help. Let me know where to send my $25.

Shannon 4 years ago

What a fantastic idea! Yes, please put me down to help and let me know how to donate! Thanks!!
Shannon
ps WUSTL ’99

Brooke 4 years ago

This is so amazing. Count me in. I would be honored to help. Please let me know the details.

AshJ 4 years ago

This is an amazing idea, I really wish I could contribute but am on the other side of the spectrum. Both my husband and I are working but make only enough for the bare essentials and no extra to budget for anything extra…like Thanksgiving dinner. If I could get help to prepare a big meal for my family I would greatly appreciate it.

Dipaola momma 4 years ago

When I was young the state of California (home for my family) nearly went bankrupt. My dad was a State Fire Training Officer. The shut down his dept. He was out of work for 3 years. Even though he came from a very “lucky” family, pride kept my parents from reaching out. Some amazing person (or people) knew, despite my parent’s best efforts and 2 days before the holiday a huge basket showed up on the door step. I was 8 and this moment changed me forever. The kindness of humanity still grows in the shade of hardship. Count me in for a full $50!

kalah 4 years ago

you are amazing, thoughtful and caring. count us in for $25.

Rebecca 4 years ago

We’re in for $50

Melinda Kern 4 years ago

I would like some help and it breaks my heart. I wish I could say instead ” I would love to donate $25″ but instead I need the help We can not afford food to even feed us though the month let alone a wonderful Thanksgiving. My son is four and is starting to learn more about thanksgiving and he wants to a say a blessing at the dinner but how do I tell him we cant even have one, it will most likely be PB&J sandwhices.. My heart breaks when my husbands pay checks go to bills and we cant even buy boots for the kids this winter and my daughters shoes are hurting her feet. Food stamps are $100 a month and that doesnt even buy food for a week. Its so wonderful to know people are so willing to help and have kind hearts!

Shanna 4 years ago

Count me in for one dinner!

Channing 4 years ago

I would love to help, please let me know how. I am good for $25

Jackie 4 years ago

I’d LOVE to help! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Food, family, friends…. it doesn’t get any better. I want everyone to be able to enjoy a nice family feast for Thanksgiving! Put me down for $25. Email me how to donate…
jackie.holcomb33@yahoo.com

Elaine 4 years ago

Please email on how to help, such a great idea. Can we donate via PayPal? Thanks for organizing this!!

Andrea Nusinov 4 years ago

Would love to help, match me up :)

Tofu Mom 4 years ago

As others have said, I HATE HATE asking for help – Let me FIRST say that your ScaryMommy forums have been a HUGE help to me this year for venting the thoughts I may have (or knowing others feel the same way!).

I’m currently NOT getting child support and while I know that will be fixed in the next few months, it doesn’t do much for us at this moment in time. Christmas and Thanksgiving are looking bleak and I HATE what that does for my kids! I wouldn’t ask if it was just me!!
You are SO correct, $50 would MORE than cover dinner for my three kids and me. Better yet, we’re vegetarian, so no turkey to buy!!

Kirsten 4 years ago

Happy to help! I’m a single mom myself and we do struggle from time to time, but since I am not hosting Thanksgiving – just bringing mashed potatoes, please count me in for $25. This is an incredible, thoughtful idea, and reading all of the comments from those that are willing & able to help and from those in need, I am wiping away the tears from my eyes. Please let me know how to donate! azkirsten@hotmail.com

Kelly Cathcart 4 years ago

I want to help.

Melissa 4 years ago

Put me down for $25. Please email me with the info.

Julie R 4 years ago

I’d be happy to help a family. I’m thankful that I can!

Stefanie 4 years ago

I could use the help. My husband was laid off in September and on his unemployment we aren’t even able to begin to make ends meet. And with three kids at home (all of whom have birthdays within two weeks of Christmas) I’m just not sure how we are going to do it. I used to worry about being able to afford to give them everything they want, now, I can’t even afford to give them what they need. And as other previous posters mentioned, some days it can be humiliating using a food stamp card or going to a church and hoping they can help you with your utilities. From all of us out there struggling, it is so heartwarming knowing that other moms out there are so caring. Thank you so much. You have no idea how much it means.

Dawn Mays 4 years ago

I would love to help. Just let me know what to do and where to send the $25 gift card.

Cristina 4 years ago

I am in for 25. I can even give a turkey if there’s someone near me.

Dawn 4 years ago

As a former single mom, I know the feeling of not knowing whether I could put food on the table on Thanksgiving or any other day.
I was lucky enough to work 50-60 hours a week and put myself through law school and have been fortunate enough to do well (despite the enormous student loan debt … LOL)
I would love to work with you and help someone in need … I can donate 50 … just let me know how/when.

Rae 4 years ago

Jill,

This post has me balling. It is amazing to see so many people willing to help others. I wish I could, I honestly cannot. I will have the means for our dinner (thanks to the free turkey earned by buying groceries at our local store).

I just wanted to say thank you for being amazing. I will repost this wherever I can.

Stefanie taft 4 years ago

Would be honored to help, please send me info.

melissa 4 years ago

we are both working, but there is always more week than money these days. We can afford the basics, but Thanksgiving dinner, not so much

Anonymous 4 years ago

I’d like to contribute $25. What a great idea.

Carly Fuller 4 years ago

Please count on me for $25. I would be pleased to participate and have shared the link.

anonymous 4 years ago

We have 4 kids and it has been hard lately we live meal to meal and a big meal like that stresses finances…we would love some help for Thanksgiving. It would make all the difference in the world. This is a amazing thing you are doing :)

Kate 4 years ago

We’re in for $25.

Anon 4 years ago

I could really use the help this year too. We’re so broke right now we can’t even afford a loaf of bread.

Pcamden 4 years ago

I would love to help.please send info and thank you for doing this.

carolnab 4 years ago

I can help. Match me up!

Jennifer Austin 4 years ago

I would like to help too.

Jen 4 years ago

Love this! Please let me know where I can paypal my $25. Bless you for getting this started.

Jen 4 years ago

Folks, if you don’t have cash to donate but would still like to give in your own communities, there are LOTS of organizations who would love your volunteer time in your area, especially in this time of year. :)

Cristin 4 years ago

what a great way to provide a random act of kindness – count me in :) Kudos to you for connecting so many people!

Jenifer Hall 4 years ago

Most of the time my husband and I do what we can to help others..we never ask for anything in return but we live paycheck to paycheck and it hasnt been easy. I wish we didn’t need to ask for help but if its there and available to us I would like to be put on your list. I so wish we could be one of those to help this time…Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Amber 4 years ago

Our family could really use help this year, I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time and Im so embarrassed to tell my in laws we are barley making ends meet :-(

Sue 4 years ago

Wow, this is really nice. Any time before this year I could have been a contributor but this year I’m in the process of a divorce and finances are rough. I’m sending the kids to have Thanksgiving with their dad so they’ll have a nice dinner but I’m not going to do anything. I’m telling my friends that I’m having dinner with my dad. I don’t need anything but I just wanted to post and thank you for what you’re doing for others.

Tiffany Hathorn 4 years ago

Hi ‘Scary Mommy’,

I could definitely use some help with this Thanksgiving. I am a single mom who receives absolutely NO support from my ex. My family is doing Thanksgiving dinner, but they live an hour away and I simply don’t have the gas money to get there (I am unemployed right now and all of the money I have is for bills). This is my son’s first real Thanksgiving (he was born last October) and so it would be nice if I could cook a nice dinner for us. Nothing extravagant. Just something nice. If you could help, that would be awesome. If not, it’s still awesome that you are doing this. God bless you and your generous heart. 😀

Tiffany

Anonymous 4 years ago

I would be very grateful for the help. Our last 2 months have been very slim, my husband works retail & goes to school full-time while I’m home with our infant daughter. We know a family who would gladly share Thanksgiving with us that would benefit also.

Joyce Q 4 years ago

I can help with $25.00. Please email info to me!

Melanie 4 years ago

Definitely gonna share this. Wish I could afford to help out with some money maybe next year but this year my friend and I are making burritos and collecting warm things and toiletries to help the homeless in our town since neither of us can afford to do more and still want to teach our children about giving and how good it feels to give.

Gina 4 years ago

Too often we forget that tomorrow, we could be the ones in need. I’m honored to help. Please email me the information, and may everyone have a safe and comfortable Thanksgiving.

Cheryl 4 years ago

I know far too well how embarassing it can be to not be able to afford food for your family. People think that since my mother passed away, I must be doing okay………….what they don’t know is that I gave up my job to care for her and now, with the economy the way it is, I have no prospects for employment. I am the meeting point for family gatherings and I will go without for a few weeks in order to save up enough for the family dinner….that’s WITH everyone bringing a dish!!

Sandra 4 years ago

Happy to help a family in need, great idea!

Lauren 4 years ago

I’m on the opposite side of the country from my family this year and won’t be with them on Thanksgiving for the first time ever (and my mom passed away 2 months ago). So I’ll be busying myself and my mind by volunteering at a shelter that day, and won’t be spending any money to cook a dinner for myself… So I’d love to donate $50 to help a family in need. Thank you so much for doing this, what a great idea.

Kathy Yasenosky 4 years ago

I am in for 2 dinners. Thanks for doing this.

Alison 4 years ago

I can help.

Sammierawr 4 years ago

We could really use the help this year. I really hate asking for help but my husband lost his job recently.

mom of 3 4 years ago

Yes I need help with TG dinner. :/

Jillian 4 years ago

Thankfully this year I count myself as one who can afford to put thanksgiving food on the table. The last couple years, not so much. Thank you for being the kind of person that makes people like me not feel bad for occasionally needing some help. You are few and far between and I personally love you for it. For some, we struggle silently because people so easily label a single mother out there a ‘welfare mom’. I want people to think a little more carefully in the future when tossing that term around. I am a proud welfare mother. I recieve foodstamps, and state insurance. I do not recieve cash benefits, or daycare assistance. I work every job I can get my hands on, which in a town as small as mine, in these kind of economical times, is very few. I am also a full time student. I do not plan to need finacial help forever, but I do promise to return the favor when I am finally stable. THATS how you make a difference.

Lisa 4 years ago

I can help! This is an amazing idea.

Jess 4 years ago

My family receives food stamps, but at $102 a month, it doesn’t help a lot. If you end up with enough donations, please add me to your list, but PLEASE, put me at the bottom because we do already receive help. You guys are amazing. Hopefully by this time next year, I can be the one giving.

Margaret 4 years ago

This is incredible. My husband lost his job a few months ago and it’s been horribly hard and I was thinking we’d just skip Thanksgiving this year. I will graciously accept your offer and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jen 4 years ago

I’d love to donate. Email me for paypal info.

Lauren 4 years ago

Happy to donate!

maura 4 years ago

I want to help. I’m in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area.

MM 4 years ago

I think this is great! I will donate $25.
Please send me the info.

anon. 4 years ago

This is embarrassing, but we could really use help this year. My hubby is a veteran who is having a hard time finding work and we have two small kiddos. It’s been a rough year!

Andrea 4 years ago

Just email and tell me how this works! Everyone deserves a Thanksgiving dinner with their families. Bravo to you!!! I’m in!

Lydia 4 years ago

Count me in!

Gretchen 4 years ago

I can help with 2.

Missy Wilson 4 years ago

Please let me know how I can help.