Boys and Girls Town foster home youth care specialists Abigail Seifert (front) and Shakta Williams serve turkey, ham, green bean casserole and stuffing to foster youth during Thanksgiving dinner in Columbia on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
During the holiday weeks, foster children at the Boys and Girls Town Columbia wait in anticipation for the chance to spend the holidays with their relatives or foster parents. Yet as the days pass, some of the young people have to deal with the disappointment of not having a home to go to for the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving – that’s one holiday greeting you hear at this time of year that’s not part of a specific faith tradition.
The idea of giving thanks transcends religious, social and cultural boundaries. Thanks can be expressed in any language or tradition.
And that’s just what happened Sunday at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists and Hindus, and people from several other faith traditions came together to share. Beliefs and languages converged as sounds of thanksgiving and peace rose through the air.
Now that it’s Thanksgiving, the eating season has begun. Coming up we’ll take a look at how the U.S. helps feed the world, but first, let’s take a look in our own back yard. The local food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens have picked up in business. KBIA’s Ben Mahnken reports that volunteerism and donations are up this year.