Sharing the Bounty at Thanksgiving


In the fall of 1621, Plymouth Pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat down to a three-day feast, expressing gratitude for a bountiful harvest – a celebration that is widely recognized as the nation’s first Thanksgiving Day.

Over the centuries, other traditions have been added to this distinctly American holiday. Professional football on Thanksgiving predates the league’s formation, as early as the 1890s. And the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade filled the streets of New York in 1924.

All of these Thanksgiving traditions come together at home. Big family gatherings. Home-cooked meals. Raucous cheers for your favorite team. And above all, giving thanks for each other and the blessings you share.

This season, as you reflect on all the reasons you have to be thankful, consider adding a new tradition to your holiday – community giving. Here are a few ways to get involved:

Participate in a food drive. Look for schools and businesses in your area that are collecting food for local families. You can also donate online or organize your own food drive at Food For Others or Feeding America.

Pack meals. Give an hour or two of your time to an organization that packages and distributes meals in your community such as Meals from the Heartland and Friends & Family Community Connection.

Plan to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Contact churches and rescue missions near you for opportunities and details to serve hot meals.

Practice hospitality. Invite a struggling family member, friend or neighbor to join your Thanksgiving Day celebration. We all know someone who is suffering from job loss or financial difficulty.

Giving back is at the heart of Pardee Homes’ culture. We invite you to learn more about the organizations and activities we champion and to share in the satisfaction of supporting them.