Putting the Thanks Back in Thanksgiving

DALLAS — When you think about Thanksgiving, you might imagine less of a Norman Rockwell painting and more Dawn of the Dead!

Yeah, the Black Friday shopping sales have creeped into stores opening on Thanksgiving Thursday. But now some folks are pushing back. Groups like Boycott Black Thursday have over 140,000 fans on Facebook and call on people to not shop on Thanksgiving, and for stores to close so that workers can spend the holiday with family.

And the push might be working. Thirty-five prominent retailers have announced they’ll be closed Thanksgiving, including big names like Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Ikea, Neiman Marcus and Sam’s.

So the effort to put the 'Thanks' back in Thanksgiving might be paying off, but how about the giving? Well when you’re spending time with family there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer to give back to the community.

Saturday, Care Center Ministries brought together over 400 volunteers to pack and deliver Thanksgiving meals to over 1,000 houses.

“It’s just a wonderful representation of people coming together with a common cause to go and help the needy in the holiday time,” said Eldridge Sawyer, the executive director. “We’ve had several people tell us that if it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t have Thanksgiving meal for their family.”

And throughout this week there are lots of other chances to give and volunteer, like at the holiday season’s most famous charity, the Salvation Army!

“I guarantee you if you come one time to volunteer for the Salvation Army, you’ll come back again,” said Captain David Swyers with the Ft.Worth Salvation Army. “It’s one of those things that once you do it and you feel the joy and you see the smile and you know you’re making a difference you want to be a part of that.”

So with a little less shopping and a little more family and generosity, maybe we’re all on the path to making this holiday what it’s really about.