Thursday, November 25, 2010

Family Dinner

My siblings and I got together at my parents house for dinner tonight. Mom made Pork “Osso Buco” with sauerkraut, new potatoes, and apples. For dessert my sister brought a scrumptious apple pie. We all ate ourselves to a stupor, and tomorrow we’ll do the same at Carranor for the Big Dinner.

And speaking of being thankful, check out this article from The Blade on how one restaurant in Toledo is making it a day for thanks and giving for the city’s homeless.

Nobody wants to brag about their benevolence.

But a mighty thoughtful day is in store Thursday at The Docks in International Park for hundreds of Toledo’s hard-luck residents.

Several area businesses, churches, and outreach centers have quietly planned a special Thanksgiving Day feast for 1,100 people normally served by the Cherry Street Mission Ministries.

Their purpose has been twofold: Doing something nice for the needy and taking some of the pressure off the Cherry Street Mission.

Dan Rogers, the mission’s president and chief executive officer, said he was touched when Mike Gibbons, co-founder, owner, and president of Mainstreet Ventures Inc., of Ann Arbor, approached him 10 months ago with an idea that goes beyond a simple donation.

Mr. Gibbons, of Sylvania, is opening Real Seafood to 600 of Cherry Street’s clients.

An additional 500 hot meals will be delivered to 152 families who have at least one person with mobility issues too great for the restaurant experience.

“Isn’t that amazing?” Mr. Rogers asked. “What a blessing to us and to our community.”

And, of course, there’s always another way to celebrate the day…