The month of November comes with the theme of gratitude, giving thanks, appreciation, sharing and giving.  Everyone thinks of Christmas as the time for giving and exchanging gifts but Thanksgiving sets the theme a month prior to Christmas.

The question is asked, “Why do Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?”  Records show that the 1621 settlers went on a turkey hunting trip just before they sat down to eat with the Wampanoag natives.  Since it is known that their meal consisted of foul and beef, it is assumed that the foul was turkey.  After President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, the turkey became the American meal of choice for that day.  But Thanksgiving is not only about a meal of turkey and trimmings.  It is also about giving thanks for the accomplishments and blessings of that year.  It is traditional for some families to have everyone around the table take turns in stating why he or she is thankful.  The reasons for being thankful vary from each member of the family.

Recently, Global Woman Newsletter asked some young Virginia students what Thanksgiving means to them and why they are thankful this year.  Here are some of their responses:

“Thanksgiving means eating turkey, pies, ham, and ice cream.  I am thankful for my parents.”

“Thanksgiving is not only about a meal.  It’s about giving and being thankful.  I’m grateful for my dad.”

“It’s all about gratitude.  I’m just thankful and grateful for everything.”

“I like Thanksgiving because we go to visit my grandparents, and my grandma cooks nice foods.  I am thankful for my sister who always gives me her turkey leg.”

“I start getting excited about Thanksgiving when I go to stores and see Christmas decorations.  That’s when I know Thanksgiving is on the way.  I usually eat a lot for Thanksgiving because I’m too busy with my presents on Christmas Day to eat a lot.  What am I thankful for?  I’m thankful for having a nice home and everything I need.  Many children my age in the world don’t have much.”

Well, you heard the children; it is all about being thankful and giving.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation asks you this holiday season to help support their programs.  They have four main programs; the Wholesome Organic Relief program, which covers the restorative surgery, counseling, and the support group.  The Survivor Resettlement program facilitates survivors’ asylum applications, job applications and references, ESL education, and assimilation to American society.  The Kids Reach Shield program educates law enforcement, school nurses, teachers and communities through the stages of prevention and protection.  The Just4You program assists women and girls in Africa through a scholarship fund and the distribution of sanitary pads.   Many girls in Africa miss up to 5 days of school each month due to lack of sanitary pads.  Will you help a girl or young lady during this Thanksgiving season, as they strive to accomplish their goals in the coming year?  They will be thankful for you.

When the Executive Director of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation was asked for what she is thankful this Thanksgiving, she said, “Naturally, I am thankful for my biological family, but I am grateful for the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. family; the wonderful board members and the women who call me their mom, because they are a part of this GWPF family.”  She continued, “I am also thankful that Kameel Ahmady, our 2018 Literary Awardee is free on bond, and is with his family, finally.”

In the spirit of giving on this #GivingTuesday, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation asks that you join them in that spirit by supporting them.  When you shop again on Amazon, please choose Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. as your charity of choice.  As you their supporters make your purchases from www.Amazon.com please do so by supporting them at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1690778 and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  Remember to use the hashtag, #StartWithaSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1690778.  The organization appreciates your donations and wish you safe and happy shopping!

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation wishes you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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