This Thanksgiving we had a lot to celebrate, from our friends and family to our neighbors and colleagues. While some families enjoy the downtime of the holidays, others are sure to keep busy with area Turkey Trots or volunteering opportunities. Everyone celebrates Thanksgiving in their own way, and team members at the Tamara Kucik Team are no different.
For Ashley Veith’s family, they "always gather round to watch the National Dog Show and cheer on our favorite breed the Bernese Mountain Dog.” Ashley’s adorable Bernese Mountain Dog, Huckleberry, is not one to miss out on the fun! Another holiday custom comes from Kathleen Briese, who has created her own Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition in her house. As an avid reader of British authors, Kathleen has incorporated the British tradition of Christmas Crackers both into her Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. Kathleen says, “Over the years it's been so fun watching [the kids] open them, wear the crowns, read their fortunes and play with their small prizes. The kids (and now adult kids) really look forward to coming to my house and I believe in part because of this tradition.”
Just because Thanksgiving is over, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty more to give thanks for and other ways to give back. There are a variety of local organizations that not only help aid families on Thanksgiving but year-round that need help. Consider serving or cooking a meal at organizations like Miriam’s Kitchen, whose mission is to help end chronic homelessness in DC. Or join DC Central Kitchen to help transform wasted food into a meal for those hungry in DC. Participate in an existing food drive or host a new one with the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive to help end hunger in the DC metropolitan area. Shepherd’s Table needs a variety of volunteers, whether it be assisting with meal service, sorting and distributing clothing, food pickup, or the resource center or eye clinic. So Others Might Eat (SOME) offers a variety of volunteer positions, opportunities, and programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. A Wider Circle accepts furniture and household goods donations, as well as essential non-perishable food items, and has a variety of ways to contribute including helping to collect and distribute furniture, providing career development services, as well as other pro-bono services.
No matter the act, big or small, it’s important to give thanks for what we have and give back when we can to others in need. There is so much to be thankful for, including the friends, family, and clients of the Tamara Kucik Team!