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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

The Season of Giving

Pine trees, sparkling lights, glittered ornaments and jingle bells can be found on every corner during this time of the year. But so is hunger. We don’t always recognize it and that is on purpose. Our neighbors and friends who are struggling with hunger often underplay their hardship. They want to buy that special gift for a grandchild or loved one and missing a few meals doesn’t seem like too big a sacrifice….until they have to live it.


We are hoping they know that there is help.

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Holiday Warriors

What used to be the gentle jingle of the bells and the sweet joy of the holiday season from years gone by has become the holiday roar! Stop anyone you know and they will be sure to tell you how busy they are at this time of the year. That is why we are heartened to see so many people committed to volunteering for Second Harvest all year, but especially during the holidays.

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Why It Matters

“When I was young, I would come to Lorain to visit my relatives and really loved it. The hope, the opportunity! It was great,” recounts Thomas, a 58-year old client of a South Lorain food pantry. “When I was old enough to make the move from Puerto Rico, I did. I had a good job at the mill and made a great life for my family.”


Several years ago, things began to unravel for Thomas and his family.

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Holiday Cheer Leads the Way

There is a flurry of activity for everyone at this time of the year and Holiday Cheer is in the forefront of our activity here at Second Harvest. For 33 years, Burger King, Gold Country” WOBL 1320AM, and “Kool Kat” Oldies WDLW 1380AM come together for the Holiday Cheer campaign.

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Feeding a Grateful Attitude

Thanksgiving gives rise to a unique way of viewing the world. We are encouraged and even required to slow down, take time out and, of course, be grateful. In our everyday life, we know we are grateful but this holiday requires us to make it our focal point.


In our work here at Second Harvest, we are reminded daily of families who don’t have food every day, especially children. Kids who rely on their weekend back packs for food to satisfy a growling stomach. Seniors who count the days to receive their monthly box of provisions, mothers and fathers who know they can visit their neighborhood food pantry to help get through the month and even veterans who stop by for a hot meal at the local soup kitchen as they plan their next step after their service.

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