Here’s how those in need can get a free Thanksgiving dinner

Thursday will be here in no time. Hopefully my mini van will be repaired soon. But for now, I’m in a rental for Thanksgiving. I plan to pick my car up first thing in the morning. Then get started on my hefty drink list for the family dinner. Yes, I’m in charge of drinks. We’re having kombucha, green tea, Jamaican hibiscus Sorrel, and bottled water. Not one soda will I purchase. My prayer for the last week is that everyone arrives safely and no one throws a dinner roll at me!   6 final_3

But just in case my Enterprise Car rental falls through for my family of —many. I am looking for dinner alternatives. Rush cooking has never been my thing. I figured that we would find a local place where we could both volunteer at and dine in.

So, here’s what I found online. Turns out there a quite a few places to dine, help and donate in the Charlotte area.

 

 

Food pantries, some of which also have a soup kitchen on site, may provide help in one of two ways. These tend to be “hyper” local in that they only serve people in a limited area and each center has their own application process, resources, and hours of operation.

  • Food banks may only give a Thanksgiving holiday turkey as well as the sides, such as cranberry, gravy, bread and other items, to an income qualified family and their children.
  • Soup kitchens may be located at some food banks. These sites will tend to serve an entire hot dinner to individuals, including the homeless.
  • Some of these charity run food pantries may give the client a gift certificate to redeem at a local supermarket. This will allow the family to buy their own turkey kkkkkk

    It is recommended to call or stop by a pantry to learn more on what they offer. Anyone that is seeking help at Thanksgiving (or really any holiday) should ask in advance what type of services are provided, and do not wait until November rolls around. Find how to get help from a food pantry.

    The homebound, disabled, and senior citizens that can’t make it to a feeding site should register for Thanksgiving assistance from a Meals on Wheels provider. These tend to be offered as year round services. Some of the administering agencies may charge the client, or “encourage” a donation. Other Meals on Wheels services are free, especially those offered from Agency on Aging Centers. and maybe other food items.

    Free Thanksgiving lunches or dinners may also be served by churches or other faith based groups. There will not be any discrimination based on age, religion, or race and anyone can drop in. Churches, such as St. Vincent de Paul or Catholic Charities do their best to feed the poor at Thanksgiving. The goal is to spread holiday joy to all, especially to children and the elderly.

    The meals served by a church depend on volunteers and donations. They rely on stores, restaurants, fund raisers, and other sources of money in an effort to offer these Thanksgiving programs. Anyone that uses a soup kitchen at a local church is always encouraged to also volunteer in an effort to give back to the needy.

Skyland Restaurant continues tradition of free Thanksgiving meal for people in need

 

And if you are a military family like mine, check this out!

Thanksgiving Resources for Veterans  kkk mil

Military veterans have so many benefits even after leaving the service and Thanksgiving is no exception. During the holiday season there are special events that include veterans’ and not just active duty, family members and government employees.

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/thanksgiving-resources-veterans/#ixzz4z7hAl4SO

If none of that works out, I will get my daughter Cassie of Cassie’s Sweetz to create us a Sweet Potato Wonderland!

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Well friends, where ever you find yourself on Thursday, may the Joy of family, Gratefulness and Love find you there!

 

Notes:

I’m smart, because I know where to find good information. See my resources below:

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/free_thanksgiving_dinner.html

http://www.operationhomefront.org/holidaymeals

https://patch.com/north-carolina/charlotte/veterans-day-free-meals-discounts-north-carolina

 

 

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Before you Buy it! See why I Tried it!

I’m a product tester! That means I try things and places before during and after it has hit the market.As a work from home mom, it’s a perfect opportunity for me to try items/events before I buy them and help my mom friends save money and time by giving them my trusted advice. After all, when you have 9 children and a veteran husband, you tend to learn the value of money, time and quality discernment.

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Wednesday Wow: If I was stuck on an Island

This will be a growing list of simple items you can use for any thing short of of total destruction of life as we know it. OK, maybe not that extreme. But it is a bunch of treasures that would absolutely be on my families list in a you-are-going-to-an-island-and-can-only-bring-forty -five-things type situation. Enjoy!

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Coconut Oil

We use coconut oil for everything.  We use it for skin, hair, teeth, and some people even make soap with it.(it is also great for eczema (as long as the person isn’t allergic/intolerant to coconut!).

Tea Bags

Medicinal and spiritual. Tea is for more than drinking you know. 

HotSpot/WiFi Computer 

Me + Computer + Internet access? = Happy woman. I can use solar power to keep it charged. We can still connect with the world while still being “stuck ” on the island blissful with my ledsi tribe, (sounding more like a vacation isn’t right?)

Frying pan 

Self explanatory right? There’s nothing like fresh pan seared coconut pelicans… right? 

My camera 

Remember that Red Hot hot sauce commercial? The old lady said:”I put that stuff on everything?” For me, “I take pictures of everything!” It helps me to recall precious family time. Otherwise, I’ll forget everything!! 

My blender/juicer 

 We shall eat,drink and be well.  From edibles to salves, these two solar powered* tools will make life a bit easier. 

Something good to read 

No honestly I rarely have time to read now. But I do have over 200 how to’s, self improvement, grant writing, cook books, etc waiting on me. So if I take at least 3 awesome books, I’m good. What would you bring?

 

Needle & thread

Between the children and myself, we’ll create ” Ledsi Island Trends” or something cool like that.

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Friday Four!: 4 Great Tea’s for YOU and me !

Hello Everyone! TGIF Right ? first off, let me introduce myself. I’m Deanna and today I’ll be doing my mom’s Friday Four blog so she can catch up on “Wednesday Wow”. So let’s get to it shall we?

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My topic today is TEA 🙂 . Chamomile, Green, White, and Rooibos tea to be exact . Did you know that Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water ? An average three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Tea, and in particular white and green tea, is praised for its many health  enefits, including antibiotic effects, anti-cancer properties, boosting of the immune system, lowering of cholesterol levels and improvement of cardiovascular health.

  • One cup of white tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of apple juice.
  • Even the used tea leaves can be beneficial as fertilizer for the garden or to absorb odors in the refrigerator.

I’m glad I searched the facts on tea, because I had no idea!

Chamomile tea has been consumed for hundreds of years. It is made by infusing

 German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a member of the sunflower family, in hot water. But Chamomile is actually a flower , not an herb .

Here are 3 health benefits of chamomile tea:

Better Sleep
Chamomile tea’s most well-known benefit is as a sleep aid. It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties and is often taken before bed to promote restful sleep.

Stomach Soother

Peter Rabbit’s mother was right to give him chamomile after he ate too much in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden.! Chamomile is helpful for a variety of stomach

problems. It soothes stomach aches, eases the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, promotes elimination, and assists in overall digestion. It is often found in teas for digestion in combination with peppermint.

Menstrual Cramps The ancient Egyptians used it to soothe menstrual cramps and now science is catching up. One study found that drinking chamomile tea raised urine levels of glycine, a compound that calms muscle spasms. Researchers believe this is why chamomile tea helps menstrual cramps. so it comes in handy for us females 😉 .

Green Tea.

It’s difficult NOT to brag about green tea.

More than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been

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aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism.
  2. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  3. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  4. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  5. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  6. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions

These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day

 will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups — and more still say you can drink up to ten cups a day. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead (it would keep you out of the bathroom)!

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White tea has arrived in North America. While Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white tea’s benefits since the Ming Dynasty, until recently it was virtually unknown outside of Asia. Not anymore. Today, everyone from chefs to medical researchers is praising white tea’s delicate flavor and purported health benefits. Market researchers predict consumers will soon share their enthusiasm, turning white tea into one of the hottest new food trends.

But, what is white tea? Most tea aficionados know that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. Whether a tea leaf winds up in a cup of green, black, or oolong tea depends entirely on what happens after it is plucked. Black tea derives its dark color and full flavor from a complex fermentation process

that includes exposing crushed tea leaves to the air for a strictly defined number of minutes. Tea leaves meant for more mellow tasting green tea are not fermented at all, but merely withered in hot air and quickly steamed or pan-fried. A gentle rolling and final heating stabilizes the tea’s natural flavors. Oolong teas fall somewhere in the middle: partial fermentation gives them a distinct reddish color and a “flowery” flavor

Of course, nothing in life is perfect. Expect to pay more for white tea than other tea types – up to $25 US for a 2-ounce tin (40 to 50 cups) of Silver Needles. And, while many tea shops are starting to carry white tea, shopping online is still your best bet for the more upscale varieties.

And last but not least …Rooibos ! It’s called Rooibos (roo-ee-bosh),

Imagewhich means red bush. It’s delicious, super high in antioxidants. And it’s totally caffeine-free. Oh, and my mom loves it .

The leaves of the Rooibos plant, grown in South Africa, are used to make green unfermented and red fermented herbal teas. Used for centuries in Africa for its health benefits, Rooibos is available worldwide.Light and crisp, Rooibos can be sweetened or un-sweetened, with or without other flavors. I sometimes make a cup of Rooibos tea for my mom and add 1 squeezed lemon, which complements the tea nicely.

 It isn’t difficult to live the high antioxidant lifestyle, taking in foods, herbs and teas that will protect your body in many ways, reduce the risk of various chronic and degenerative diseases and make you feel good. :)Drink Rooibos for taste or drink it for health. In either case, you’ll derive innumerable benefits.

Benefits: Red Rooibos tea is one of the best health drink or beverage for all those who care for their health and fitness. Some of the beneficial factors related to red Rooibos tea are as follows:

No Caffeine: Rooibos tea is totally caffeine-free, therefore it is recommended by doctors for insomniacs. A cup of Rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better.

 

Goodnight Folks ! 

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”

Till the next drop, QC Supermom’s Chocolate Drop- DeannaImage