Youth Thanksgiving Serves Traditional Meal with Chosen Family

Nov 1, 2016

Thanksgiving is traditionally considered a time to gather with family, have a good meal, and watch football. The Center recognizes that the perfect day of gathering with blood relatives is not always a reality for the youth we serve. For many of our youth, Thanksgiving can be a very uncomfortable day, especially if they are surrounded by unsupportive family members. Though times have changed and laws have passed that have improved the social climate for LGBTQIA2 persons, familial acceptance can still be a challenge.

Youth Thanksgiving, to be held Monday, November 21 at 6 p.m., has been a Center tradition for over 10 years. Youth are invited to come together with their chosen family, share a meal, and have fun. It is a time for the community to come together to support our youth and offer a stress-free day with plenty of good food. Community volunteers pledge to cook turkeys, stuffing, and all the fixings, as well as vegetarian options, desserts, and traditional dishes. Adult volunteers also donate time to set-up and break-down the room, serve food, and bus tables. This event could not happen without the support of our entire community.

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