Foodbuzz 24 24 24: Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope you all had wonderful days filled with family/friends and good food! I know I am so very thankful to have a loving family, a job, a warm place to sleep, and so many good things to eat. I think it's easy to take simple pleasures like cooking and eating for granted. It was this inspiration that lead me to this month's 24 24 24 proposal. I proposed a giving of a celebration to families in need. With the help of Dimitri House who paired John and I with the families, we were able to "adopt" two families for Thanksgiving this year. Both families are headed by strong women raising their kids alone, one family with 7 children ranging in ages from 1 to 16 (2 sets of twins!!). The mission is simple: provide the families with everything they need in order to celebrate Thanksgiving without any burden or worry.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with food is not a given for many families, there just isn't room in an already tight budget to splurge on such things. On a day that is filled with so much glutton and excess, it is so wonderful to be able to give something back so that they may celebrate and give thanks for all of the good things they do have.


With $250 from Foodbuzz we were able to give these families enough for Turkey day along with more food to use up later!! Actually, even with a full trunk and back seat filled with groceries we still didn't hit the $250 mark... what to do?? Wegmans giftcards!! This way the families could get whatever else we didn't pick up that they were craving. Hopefully they picked up something extra special :)


As for what we did pick up... we gave each family a call first to see if they would rather have turkey or ham for Thanksgiving... both were ladies after my own heart and picked ham!! MMMMM ham!!! John and I headed to Wegmans for a late night attack on the ailes! We filled two large carts to the brim with huge hams, stuffing, 10 lb bags of potatoes, yams, onions, all types of veggies, fruit, salad fixings, bread, milk, eggs, pumpkin and apple pies, cheese, crackers, PB and jelly, pasta, sauce, cereal... and so much more!

I was heading to NJ this past Sunday so John was left to deliver all of the food on his own. He was a trooper though and after a dozen or so trips back and forth to the car had all of the bags in the homes of the two families. Both families were overwhelmed with the amount of food we had for them, and totally floored with the giftcards.

Thank you Foodbuzz for making these events possible! Although John and I didn't take part in the actual Thanksgiving day event with these families, I think it was the best and most rewarding 24 24 24 participation I've had so far!


What would you say is the thing you are most thankful for?

26 chews:

Megan said...

Steph - this was such an amazing and generous idea! I'm sure both of those families are very thankful for you and John. I'm always thankful for my family and the good friends who surround me. Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

what an amazing 24, 24, 24!!! I'm all teary eyed now

Shannon said...

Steph, you're amazing!!! This is such a great idea :)

i'm grateful for my family!

What a wonderful idea! So great for the two families to be able to have all this food to celebrate Thanksgiving!

What a great idea Steph. Such a wonderful gift for those families!

Wow Steph. Kudos for thinking about 24 24 24 in a whole new way that most people wouldn't think to do. You are amazing!

Megan said...

You rock Steph! God bless people like you and John and what a blessing you were to those 2 familys. Hape you had the happiest of Thanksgivings ever!

I'm glad the families were able to enjoy their Thanksgiving food from the wonderful Wegmans ;) You are wonderful for doing this.

Maria said...

You are the best, that's all:)

Rose said...

Awesome! That $250 goes a long ways :D Thanks for donating the money as well!!!!! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!

stephchows said...

Thank you everyone for all the kind words!! John and I had so much fun being able to shop like crazy for these two families!

Chez Us said...

This is an amazing thing you did - brought tears to my eyes! Happy Holidays to you!

Great post! what a nice way to give back!!!! that's awesome!!!!

Velva said...

This was awesome! I loved it! I know that you both made it possible for two families to enjoy Thanksgiving. My hat is off to you!

You ask what I most thankful for....I think the fact that I get up each day healthy.

shaz said...

Hi Steph, first time visitor to your blog here. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this post. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

Pam said...

Awesome! What a great idea and a wonderful way to give back to those in need. Nicely done.

I am most thankful for my children and husband along with all of my family and friends.

Astra Libris said...

Steph, you are truly amazing!! Such an incredible story... You are an inspiration!

As for me, I'm thankful that now I have two wonderful families with which to spend Thanksgiving - my family and Zach's family! :-) I'm a lucky girl... :-)

Ann said...

That's wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!

This brought tears to my eyes! How incredibly sweet and giving of you and John. This is something the famiies will never forget! You are amazing!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Pay it forward. Good job!

Kelly said...

This is tremendously thoughtful. What a great post!

ValleyWriter said...

What an awesome way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Pay it forward. Good job!

Pam said...

Awesome! What a great idea and a wonderful way to give back to those in need. Nicely done.

I am most thankful for my children and husband along with all of my family and friends.

This brought tears to my eyes! How incredibly sweet and giving of you and John. This is something the famiies will never forget! You are amazing!

Chez Us said...

This is an amazing thing you did - brought tears to my eyes! Happy Holidays to you!

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