Thanksgiving is a Time for Giving
"It was a very good feeling to put a turkey dinner on my table. It was a good feeling that someone thought enough to care." – Ruth
For Ruth, and many others like her, the thought of not celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving meal was difficult to face. Unfortunately, it is a reality for many families in the greater Milwaukee area who've fallen on hard times.
Ruth had recently lost her home and had mounting financial problems. She was very distraught. At the suggestion of her social worker, Ruth reached out to a financial counselor at Aurora Family Service. The counselor provided assistance to Ruth in a time of dire need and also put her name on the list to receive a Thanksgiving meal.
"I felt despondent, but that particular year it sure made me feel grateful. It made a great big difference in my life that I was able to provide a Thanksgiving meal to my family." – Ruth
Aurora Family Service started its Family-to-Family Thanksgiving 16 years ago. Since then, support from generous friends and neighbors like you has enabled us to feed more than 46,000 families – for a total of 184,000 individuals – who would not otherwise be able to celebrate this important holiday tradition.
With the economy continuing to be unstable and more families struggling to make ends meet, holiday traditions become even more important. Can you imagine your loved ones having to go without this holiday meal on a day that's dedicated to celebrating the gift of family and friends? A $35 donation provides one family with a complete set of groceries – a 12-pound turkey, foil roasting pan, bread, butter, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and fruit – to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal at home.
Each year, more families need our help. Please consider supporting this year's event and help us reach our goal of providing a Thanksgiving meal to 3,000 families throughout Milwaukee.
Your support helps families, like Ruth's and others, who cannot afford to purchase groceries to prepare their holiday meal. Please consider a gift of $35, $105 or even $250 in support of our Family-to-Family Thanksgiving. Your gift will help build a bridge for us to help families help each other. Thank you for your consideration and support of Aurora Family Service.
Thanksgiving Day is a time to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. Please reach out to your neighbors in need. For just $35, you can provide another family with a holiday meal in their own home. As part of the holiday tradition, the leftovers typically provide another meal for the family – extending your generosity even further!