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.

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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!



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Friday Four: NCSheroes 2016-Why It’s Awesome!

It’s back! NCSheroes! NC Sheroes is a yearly celebration of amazing women from the state of North Carolina! These women are trailblazers in their own rights ranging from the music industry to homeschooling with out fear. It will be held at Beatties Ford Road Library, in Charlotte NC on 04.02.2016 at 11;30am -1:30pm I have four reasons why you should not miss it!

  1. Our awardees:

trTawanna Ross is not only a Property Manager at Charlotte Housing Authority, and CEO of Make Jesus Famous, she is also  a full time mom!

Tawana Ross is a voice to the nations. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, her anointed voice is as “one crying in the wilderness” while giving God the Glory always. She is humble, yet her determination to fulfill her calling from God has captured the attention of the nations. Tawana’s character, integrity, agape love, and scriptural honesty provide her the ability to touch the hearts of individuals and the Church.

She does yearly toy drives, concerts and mission trips through out the year and you can find out more about Tawana  HERE, on Facebook-and by phone -704-763-9353
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Danielle Appleman Papageorgiou has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for 14 yearsd
and has run the WINGS Homeschool Group for the past eight. She has a passion for helping other homeschoolers learn how to homeschool in a way that does not compete with family life, but actually enhances it…homeschooling done in a spirit of freedom, not legalism. Danielle has been married to her amazing husband, Jon, for 16 years and they have three talented and fun children on earth, Konur (14), Elleina (12), and Korban (4), as well as a baby girl, Myla Grace (born at 14 weeks) in heaven. Konur recently released a computer game online (




Cassie Pressley is a 15 year old vegan baker from Charlotte NC. She is a Jr. at Providence High School and she creates clean treats. Her signature line includes smash cakes, raw cakes and lactation treats. As an amateur baker and home-school to public school student, she  began following the lineage of great chefs in her family and  days of Spring break under  Ms. Renora, a family friend. After watching documentaries on documentaries on animal cruelty  Cassie was inspired to combine her passion for vegan-ism and anything sweet to establish Cassie’s Sweetz. She delivers locally and ships anywhere.


kLeeAnn Shattuck is the co-owner and Chief Car Chick of Women’s Automotive Solutions as well as an automotive expert, speaker, author, radio & television host, and champion race car driver. LeeAnn is passionate about educating women about cars and about empowering them to make informed decisions when purchasing, selling and servicing automobiles. Known around the world as “The Car ChickTM”, LeeAnn has been featured on national radio and television programs and regularly co-hosts the internationally syndicated radio show, “America’s Garage”. She also stared in the Speed Channel’s new reality show, “R U Faster Than a Redneck”, along side comedian Jon Reep, NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace, and Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider.
LeeAnn’s Dream Car: That’s a tough one. So may cars, so little time… but, I’m a Porsche girl at heart, so a 911 Turbo convertible. (No offense, Maggie.) Click here to find out more about LeeAnn   Shattuck    Office: 704-248-8706


Melody Gross is the owner of NeferMut (beautiful mother) Birthing in Charlotte, Northdr
Carolina. NeferMut provides labor/doula support  for mothers and their partners including physical and emotional support, advocacy and evidence based information. Melody received her training with Ubuntu Birth Workers Collective. She holds a professional membership with Evidence Based Birth. She is also the co-founder of Charlotte Doulas of Color. As a passionate advocate for pregnancy choice for women of color; Melody will also include Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Consultant to her list of capabilities.







Jennifer Tremblay is a Charlotte-based Certified Holistic Health Coach, specializing in natural health solutions, including Essential Oils… plant-based medicine. She has a passion for sharing healthy tips and recipes, and helping others to get and stay well. And, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… her daughter, Samantha, is also a Certified Health Coach. Jennifer earned her MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices in 2008 and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. She coaches and teaches both in-person and online, and has authored several books and safe Cleanse programs. While she primarily works with women between 40 and 65, she also has a special place in her heart for those struggling with disease, and the people who love them. She has seen first-hand with her husband (of 31 years), Paul, who has Parkinson’s disease, how switching to better food and lifestyle choices has dramatically improved his quality of life and slowed the progression of the Parkinson’s symptoms. She enjoys playing tennis, rollerblading and organic gardening.


2.  It’s on a Saturday! Everyone has something important to share, and if that beautiful energy is wasted, then the world never gets to see it, and a girl misses out on what it feels like to be strong, free, worthy and capable. What better day to gain knowledge, self improvement and be entertained? These women have such incredible stories to tell. They will inspire to you reach your dreams regardless of your today. It’s worth  two hours of your time. Especially if you have a young child(ren).  This is where you should be with them!


3.It’s designed to support, strengthen and empower women to grow into the best versions of themselves.It is very easy to tell girls, ‘Be strong, you are beautiful, you are capable, don’t do this, do that, don’t worry about that, who cares what others think, etc. What is missing is 
the idea of instilling worth. That’s what this ceremony does!


4. There will be free parking, free admission and free refreshments! What more can you ask for? See you Saturday!


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