Ladybug’s Plans to Share Thanksgiving

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Last summer Ladybug went to a youth conference where she was given a challenge – to feed 500 families Thanksgiving dinner through a combination of a food drive and a meal served to the poor of our community. She came home very excited – I nearly passed out. My faith wasn’t as strong as hers in that moment, all I could see were the obstacles.

But Ladybug was undaunted. In the last two months she has made countless phone calls, had numerous meetings, and enlisted the help of many people. Our family is committed to seeing this project through – if one of us is called to something big, we’re all called to help.

The food drive is in full swing with boxes in businesses, churches, and a competition going between rival high schools. Now she is focusing her energy on the community meal where she hopes to provide Thanksgiving dinner to 250 people. She is raising funds for the food, venue, decorations to make it lovely, and even crafts for the kids.

If you would like to help, you can make a secure donation to her cause at Share Thanksgiving. If you live near, how about  baking a pie or two (or five)? Or join us as we peel piles of potatoes.

Read about Share Thanksgiving in her own words.

After school, I drive home, grab a snack, and pull out my iPod. Scrolling through, I munch away. That night, we sit down to a wonderful, steaming meal. I have enough.

But there are many families who don’t have what they need. Last year 49 million people went hungry; 16 million of them were children. Instead of sitting around, drooping our heads at statistics, we need to be doing something. We need to love the widow, the orphan, the lonely, the broken. And we can start today.

Last summer, I went to camp and was challenged to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving by organizing a food drive and a Thanksgiving meal. I want you to join my team.

To have the opportunity to love and serve others is a gift. It’s exciting to make an immeasurable difference in someone’s life! I hope that you’ll join me in this riveting, breathtaking adventure to feed the hungry.

You can help me feed 500 families this Thanksgiving by donating here. Thank you.

We are also thankful for prayer – the details involved in pulling this off are rather astounding. I’m thankful that we serve an amazing God.

Have a great Wednesday, friends.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

17 Comments

  1. Mary Katherine Givler
    November 6, 2013

    I am so proud of her!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Me too 🙂 Get ready to peel potatoes!

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  2. Julie Blair Pitts
    November 6, 2013

    I wish I could bake pies for you!!! I will donate once I'm at my computer. what a GREAT THING to do!!! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Thanks, Julie! I wish you could bake pies too.

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  3. Emily
    November 6, 2013

    That crazy girl! I love her so much.

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  4. Kathleen
    November 6, 2013

    Our garden produced an abundant crop of squash, especially spaghetti squash, Could she use some for the meal? I was at a thrift shop yesterday and picked up some thanksgiving table decorations I thought might be nice for the meal. Would she be interested in that? I would be glad to bake a few pies, and when will you be peeling the potatoes?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Kathleen, you are so kind. I'll have Ladybug get in touch with you about details. Thanks so much.

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  5. Beth
    November 6, 2013

    I know how you feel Lisa- I almost passed out when she told me:). But I am proud of Ladybug- God gave the right challenge to the right girl! When is the potato peeling party?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      We'll be peeling potatoes and cooking the day of. I'll get details to you.

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  6. Amanda Jarratt Boswell
    November 6, 2013

    We would love to help locally somehow. I can bake some pies or some other food!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Great, Amanda!

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  7. Erica
    November 6, 2013

    Love that this is coming to fruition! It was fun to start the dreaming process of this with you back in August, Ladybug! Excited for you guys! Will be praying!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Thanks, Erica!

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  8. Heidi
    November 6, 2013

    What a girl! This undertaking is not for the faint of heart! If I lived close enough, I would definitely bake pies.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      I wish you could, Heidi!

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  9. Elizabeth
    November 6, 2013

    I would love to contribute, but I'd rather not give out my name, email address and birth date to the website. Do you have an address (maybe a PO box) where I could send a check?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 6, 2013

      Elizabeth, I'll send a message to your email address. Thank you.

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