Happy Thanksgiving Day. It is and always has been a very important day for the Hester family.
I remember visiting may grandparents as a youngster. All or most of my aunts, uncles and cousins were there.
In recent years, our immediate family is together, sometimes for a very short time, but together.
Thanksgiving was a very important day for my mom. As a youngster, it was not uncommon for our family to attend church on Wednesday night or Thanksgiving Day.
In recent years, we gather at noontime at our home, ”we” being our children and grandchildren, sometimes joined by others including my sister and brother-in-law, our son’s in-laws. Many times we ‘stuff’ at noontime, then head to Bladenboro where we do it all over again at the home of Glenn and Betty Jo Cain, my often referred to son’s ‘in-laws.’
Saturday evening, we, my siblings, and their spouses will enjoy time together at the home of Delores and Harry Holcomb, my sister and brother-in-law.
We just continue to carry on an old family tradition.
I appreciate Charlotte Smith and the staff at BladenOnline. They not only provide the best source of local news in the area, they are participating in some and promoting an all out effort to support others who are giving back to local residents..
A free meal will be served in Bladenboro at the Living Water Worship Center at 2 p.m.
Other locations in the area, manned by caring Bladen County residents:
At the Clarkton United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
In Elizabethtown, the Open Door Ministries with assistance from many other churches from all across the county, will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Door Ministries is located at 2704 East Broad Street.
And, in White Oak, a community Thanksgiving meal will be served at 1 p.m. at the Ruritan Building in White Oak, across from the old White Oak school on NC 53.
There may be others, if not this year, hopefully next year, countywide.
It is an effort to make sure all area residents have a good meal on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are free. THANKS to all involved.
I love living in Bladen County. With all the differences, the vast majority of local residents do care for others, and show it.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.
A humble mind is the soil from which thanksgiving springs.
robert g hester
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