Holidays bring lots of parties with tons of food and that usually means leftovers at my house. With so many leftovers, we can never eat them all and they will linger in the fridge, eventually ending up in the trash after spoiling. This year, instead of making waste, we decided to do something worthy with our juicy leftovers. This year, after Thanksgiving dinner, we realized we had more leftovers than we could ever consume on our own. Instead of putting it away, we made up extra plates and wrapped them with aluminum foil to take to the homeless people in downtown St. Louis.
We live in St. Charles, Missouri, just 30 minutes from down town St. Louis. After filling up our gas tank, we purchased several cases of soda and some plastic ware and put them in our van with the meals we had prepared. My friend works for a garbage collection company and said he knew exactly where to go to find the homeless people. There is a park in the heart of down town Saint Louis where they congregate and socialize.
As we arrived at the park, located at 14th and locust, we saw another truck of people passing out food as well. We contributed our share to them and passed out the cans of soda while they passed out the food. The other group of people declined to provide their names saying, “A worthy servant deserves no recognition.” The leader of the group acknowledged that they were there every year at Thanksgiving to pass out leftovers as well, and my idea wasn’t so original.
Every year their church has an annual Thanksgiving dinner for their service members. When the event is over, the remaining food is picked up by these good Samaritans who package it up and bring it down town for the homeless who are less fortunate.
The homeless people were very social and not timid about receiving the gracious hand out. A few asked for money but most were well reserved and grateful for the meal. As we passed out 16-ounce cans of Coke and Sprite, each recipient gratefully said thank you. They were very excited about the opportunity to receive such a blessed treat.
So, this year, if you have leftovers, consider sharing with those less fortunate, instead of packing them in the fridge only to go bad a week later. My 14 year-old daughter contributed to the event by helping to prepare the plates and she watched as we passed them out in the park. She said it was a great experience that filled her heart with joy and appreciation for all she has. It was truly a Thanks Giving Day.