Ryan Imhof - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
A Thanksgiving to Remember
I go to a pretty fun church; a lot of it is laughs, games, and good times with friends. But within the laughter is the help we give to others through food drives, fundraisers, and other, similar things.
My favorite thing I did with the church was giving Thanksgiving dinners to the less fortunate. I was nervous at the time, mainly because I was shy; I didn't make friends very easily. But I wanted to do it; I wanted to make a difference in someone's life, give them what they needed in order to help them get through whatever they were going through; give them something they couldn't have had without the help of the church.
The procedure was fun and simple: first, we went to the store and bought enough food for many Thanksgiving dinners. Buying the food with my friends made it even more fun; we pretty much joked around most of the time. Next, we went to an apartment complex to give out the dinners to whoever had signed up to receive them. I remember carrying heavy bags from room to room, giving the food to the people who needed it. I had my friends to help me every step of the way, carrying some of the the heavy bags. Their very presence made me feel braver.
I was back and forth between the bagging table and the rooms, up and down the elevator, and through every hall in the building. We gave out a lot of meals that day, helping a lot of people. The work was hard, yes, but it was worth it to give someone a Thanksgiving.
After it was all over, the crowd slowly dissolved as people left. I did leave eventually, feeling good about what I had done; that I had given someone a meal they couldn't have had without the help of my friends and I.
As Marla Gibbs once said, "True happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are." Helping others isn't always the easiest thing to do; sometimes you feel too afraid to even try. But with or without your friends, the right thing is something you should always do, and you always feel good after doing it. That day, I gave people a meal bigger than they ever could afford. I gave them a Thanksgiving, a holiday, that they may not have celebrated in a long time; and I wouldn't have given that up for anything.