Editorial: A true reason for thanks

Equinox started its tradition by serving Thanksgiving dinner to 200 college students who wouldn’t be at home for the holiday. Last year, the organization served 9,000 of the area’s neediest residents. That includes 500 meals served at a giant, sit-down dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, which leaves a staggering 8,500 meals to be delivered to homes within 40 miles of Albany to the homebound and needy.

This requires the efforts of 3,500 volunteers, all of whom give up time on Thanksgiving that could be spent with their own families to make the day for someone else. It also demands a tremendous amount of generosity from donors. The group uses 10,400 lbs of turkey, 2,000 lbs of ham, 3,400 lbs of potatoes, 400 gallons of gravy and 1,100 pies on Thanksgiving, just to name some of the ingredients, all of it donated by businesses and individuals.

The efforts of groups like Equinox reminds thousands of our neighbors exactly what giving thanks can truly mean.

If you’d like to help with Equinox’s Thanksgiving Dinner, make a donation or request the delivery of a dinner to your home, call the group’s Thanksgiving Dinner Hotline at 434-0131.

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