I’ll admit, the one thing I really look forward to each Thanksgiving is stuffing. We don’t have anything traditional to our family culture, but we sure do love our stuffing. Three years ago, I made 3 additional kinds of stuffing to add to my dad’s traditional loaves (what can I say, I was pregnant!). This year, my mom asked my dad to change it up a bit and turn his loaves into muffins. Stuffin’ muffins? Amazing.
Today I’d like to share with you an opportunity with the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project
, an organization dear to my heart. We all know that the holidays are full of asks, giving, and busy times, but we cannot forget that this is also a time when people are going hungry.
In some cases, the people going hungry are also going without traditional holiday foods. I am really not sure what I’d do if I couldn’t have stuffing at Thanksgiving. I know it’s a simple holiday tradition, but one that many will go without.
From the Tote Bag Project:
Our focus this year is on Supporting Cultural Traditions w/ A Simple Gift of Food. We encourage donors to focus on a list of ethnic foods that are not often available in food pantries.
The project grew out of the realization that pantries serving refugees and immigrants were having no problems with reuse because it was a cultural value for many of their clients – a lesson that many of us could learn. During that conversation, we learned about the lack of ethnic foods and thought this would be a good way to fuse the two concepts – highlighting something our newest neighbors can teach us as well as a specific support we can offer in return.
So, how can you help? Organize a drive this holiday season. Many folks are already planning on doing this. Ask specifically for tote bags and ethnic foods. Need a list? Here’s what the Tote Bag Project suggests:
For more information on this holiday drive, check out the event page; follow along on Twitter (@tote4pgh); or like the Project on Facebook.
Today, I am thankful I have my stuffing…and I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have that traditional item. I hope you can find a moment this holiday season to help out with these efforts.
This post is part of NaBloPoMo.
Greg and I have made the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and food banks (such as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank) as our main community organizations to support. Yesterday, we had the chance to walk in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community as Team Tote Bag, raising money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and spreading awareness of the Tote Bag Project. Greg even got Highmark to donate a box of totes!
This was supposed to be a walk, but we had a few traffic issues. Coming from 28 in the North, we couldn’t get to the North Shore via 28, so we had to detour downtown. Another event (which we’ll write about later) had roads blocked and we couldn’t get to the ideal garage downtown, resulting in a detour back to 279, luckily toward the North Shore. By the time we parked, we had to start the 5k walk with the people doing the 1 mile fun walk. After about 5 minutes of walking, Greg asked if I would be ok running to catch up with everyone else who was walking. I agreed, and next thing I knew, we ran 95% of the event. The only unfortunate thing is that I forgot to track the entire run on Runtastic…but what I did learn from results of the run is that I ran the fastest miles EVER (14:54…shhhh, I know that’s SLOW but at least I am running) AND that I ran the furthest from start to finish that I’ve ran since spraining my MCL. Victory!