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Giving Back Giveaway: Butterball Turkeys

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The holidays can sometimes be the most stressful time of the year instead of the most joyous time of the year.  Much of that stress comes from finances and worry of how to get through the holidays above water.

Do you have a few tips to share about what makes Thanksgiving a better holiday for you and your family or how to approach Thanksgiving?  I have joined up with Butterball and am giving a few of my tips for Thanksgiving.

  • Plan ahead and have others all bring a dish so that you are not alone in cooking the meal.
  • Coordinate the time of dinner and keep others in mind especially those that have to go to multiple family dinners all in one day.
  • Have crafts, toys, and games ready for the kids to keep them entertained.
  • Remember not to forget what Thanksgiving is all about…giving.

This past week I was ask to host a giveaway from Butterball to giveaway TWO Turkey’s!

In the comments as the entry you will nominate someone that you feel needs to be blessed this holiday season.  Then, I will randomly select the winner, the person that wins will get TWO free turkey’s, they will come in the form of a coupon up to $15 value for Butterball Turkey.  One of the coupons will be for you and one for the person you nominated.

This could be a number of different people to nominate, it could go many directions.  It could be someone you know that is having a hard financial time and you feel could use a blessing, or it could be someone who helped you out when you needed it most and it’s your way to say thank you.

I have learned over the years, that it is not about the monetary value of a gift or a blessing, it’s about the thought behind it and the simple gesture to show that you care.

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment letting us know who you are nominating.  You can be as brief and discrete or as detailed as you want to be.  Along with this, please post a tip that you feel makes Thanksgiving better for your family.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, November 6th at 11:59 CST.

Giveaway Rules

Disclosure: I was given the turkey coupons by Butterball to host a giveaway, I chose to do it in this manner.  The thoughts and opinions of this post, product, and giveaway are my own.

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  1. I nominate my parents because they are eternal “givers”. They help everyone who needs a hand. There was a time when several family members were ill and in the hospital or nursing home and my parents faithfully went to visit each person and also took care of things on the “home front” for them by doing their yard work, picking up prescriptions, and even waiting hours and hours for repairmen to show up to take care of a broken appliance. All the while, never a complaint or cross word…only a smile and an offer of “what can I do to help?”. It has been a blessing for my children to see their grandparents be so kind and giving and we realize how blessed we are to have them!

  2. Melissa C. says:

    I nominate My sons Preschool Teacher Ms Pearl. She really gives back a lot to our community. She helps a outreach group of young mothers who have their babies earlier than expected. So they basically were not ready to be moms to begin with then they have their babies early and are really in need. I buy up all the free and cheap formula I can to give to Ms Pearl for the mothers. She herself was helped by this group many years ago and now since all her children are grown; she wants to give back to them for all their help many years ago.

  3. Heather Zickefoose says:

    I nominate my Grandma Helen….she just turned 80 last month and she just keeps on giving to those around her!! She is one awesome special lady who always puts others above herself….Thanksgiving is our favorite time for family to get together…we all gather around the table and everyone takes a turn at saying what they are thankful for! <3

  4. I nominate my friend Michelle M. She is a single mother of 8. Her husband was tragically murderd this year and times are so hard for her now! I want her to not only have the turkey I am nominating her for, but also if I win, I will give her mine as well!

    My tip for a happy, organized Thanksgiving for my family is to have as much of the food prep done in advance! The more done ahead of time means the less amount of time in the kitchen and more time spent with my family!

  5. I nominate by friend Jessica, husband Ben (33) just passed away and she is now a single mom of two amazing boys Trent (4) and Bradley (1). I know she is struggling financially right now and would welcome a free turkey for the holidays. Thanksgiving to me is about giving to others and helping those less fortunate is always a blessing! Thanks for the opportunity to Bless someone!

  6. I nominate my friend Amy. She always gives of her time to help others with anything they are struggling with, and never asks for help in return. She has had lots of health problems over the last few years that prevents her from working, and her family’s income (below poverty level) allows for no extras, even at times neccessities. She has been blessed with family that supplies them with groceries and other financial assistance, but will not get government assistance because she feels there are others that may need it more than her family. She is such a beautiful soul that deserves a bit of relief this season. I would love to be able to give her this blessing from you!
    My way of de-stressing Thanksgiving is to have the food in crock pots and warming trays. I then have a dinner of time of “any time after 3 pm” so people can come when they want, and can eat when they show up or when they feel like munching again. One table is set up for eating, another for family games so we can eat or enjoy each other’s company at our own leisure! Blessings!

  7. Candice M. says:

    I nominate my friend Danielle, every year she invites soldiers that cant go home for the holidays to her home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I help her out by providing the baked tasty treats and she handles the main course.
    I think its such a wonderful thing that she opens her home up and shares with others for the holidays. She ‘s such a caring person and was a great help to me during my husbands’ past two deployments. Love her.

    • Candice M. says:

      every year I look forward to making “turkey hands” with paint with my kids,
      a wonderful thing that I have learned from reading this blog is that its helpful to prepare certain food items and freeze them, which means less to do on Thanksgiving day and I can enjoy spending more time with my family playing touch football instead of spending the entire day in the kitchen.

  8. I nominate my friend Donna. We met in an usual way. She was our realtor when we made our big move from FL to OK. Our meeting was definitely meant to be by God. She and I became dear friends. She suffered the death of her husband, brother-in-law and dad all within a couple of months of each other. She has gone through so many things in her life but always keeps a smile. The light of the Lord shines through her so brightly. We have bought a house through her but something greater happened we made a life long friendship. My kids now consider her as “Grandma”! This is just what she has done for our family. She is also very involved in helping battered women and children.

    My tip for Thanksgiving is to not stress about having it on Thursday. Sometimes Saturday is just easier because most people need to be two places on Thanksgiving. Why not change it up for your family and have it on Saturday sometimes! :)

  9. Jessie C. says:

    I nominate MIL, she is going through cancer treatment. I’m inspired by her spirit and courage.
    To be able to get together and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner is a blessing, get ingredients ready in advance would be very helpful.

  10. I would like to nominate my mom, who makes our Thanksgiving dinner each year. I think she definitely deserves it because even though she doesn’t have a lot of money, she goes above and beyond to make our dinner special by making, at least…10 dishes! I’ve noticed (and it hurts my feelings) that while we all pile in and are having a great time talking, sipping coffee, laughing..she’s in the kitchen, by herself, preparing our dinner. I just feel this would take a little extra off her hands this year, and she can enjoy this time just as much as eveyone else!

    And my tip would be to prepare as much in advance as posible, so you don’t have to be in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving!

    Thank you for the chance! Wonderful giveaway!

  11. Gail Perez says:

    I would like to nominate my friend’s daughter, Sabrina. She lost her mother, my friend,Sally, last year, and is now expecting her first children…without her mother. She is having twins, and she is feeling really alone, without her mother here to share this special time with her. I know that family was the most important thing to Sally, and even though they were always struggling to get by, she never let her children feel like they were inferior to other people. Sally taught them to hold their heads up, when everyone put them down, she was a wonderful, funny friend, who lived her life in her own unique way, letting no one tell her that she didn’t deserve to stand up for herself. I believe that if Sabrina was to have some little kindness from life at this time, when everyone else is celebrating time with family, and friends, it would mean so much. Maybe make the holidays a bit easier for a sad, lonely, young mother, hoping to be as good a mother as she had…….thank you.

  12. Amy Cooper says:

    I would like to nominate my daughters friends family The Duvalls. The father has lost his job and has been out of work for some time. He’s been looking for a job but just not finding anything. They are struggling to keep up with bills and food costs for their family of five. I would love to bless them this holiday season with a turkey.

    I think Thanksgiving is all about being together. We live far away from our family so it’s usually just my husband and I and our two kids for Thanksgiving. Having spent so many holidays with just the four of us we have become closer and appreciate being together on those days.

  13. latonya ramsey says:

    Our company has done a cutback because of the recession. They have not laid anyone off but we do not get raises this year and we would usually get a 20 credit at our local grocery store (but we do not get that this year). My next door cubicle mate has five children and as with everyone, we usually depends on that to help us out this holiday seasoning on grocery. She really depends on it because she was the only one that hours got cut. Everyone else in our department is salary. I would give her one as well as use one to help me out with holiday food.

  14. I would like to nominate Bob F. Bob has cerebral palsy and lives in an assisted living apartment building in Tulsa. He is a wonderful, kind, thoughtful, resourceful, and generous human being. Even though he is confined to a wheelchair most of the day, Bob has put himself through school and even holds a part-time job using the phone to provide a necessary service to others. I first met him a few months ago when I saw his story on Channel 6 news. Bob left his apartment door open for just a few minutes so that his living assistant could bring him some food. Unfortunately a couple of criminals entered and robbed Bob of his wallet, computer, cell phone, etc. They also roughed him up. Bob has faced the traumatizing situation with such courage and even a sense of humor. I did seek Bob out to help him get an automatic door-locking system and that is happening thanks to some help from some generous online blog friends. I also drop by his home occasionally to take him a few groceries that I get by coupon shopping. He is always so excited, because he likes to cook, and his assistant also cooks homemade meals for him. I e-mail or call Bob every once in awhile and he always asks who I am helping now, because he wants to give back. He e-mails me asking who “we” can help next. Bob loves helping other people. He attends church every week and always prays for others, and is truly thankful for what he has. I think Bob is an amazing man and I am proud to nominate him to win a turkey.

  15. Oops, sorry I forgot to post my tip:
    Make as many food dishes as you can the night before Thanksgiving and put them in the fridge to bake the next day. You will be less stressed and more able to enjoy the day with family instead of being confined in the kitchen and missing out on the family time. You also will be less tired at the end of the day. :)

  16. I nominate Monique. Monique is a mother we sponsor through my son’s school. She was in an an abusive relationship and ended up at a women’s shelter with her two young children. Through the support of Heartland Alliance in Chicago, she has found success on her own. The organization provides counseling and help with work placement for abused women and help for their children. “From harm to help” is their motto. I can’t imagine being on my own with two young children to care for. The school organizes food and clothing drives for her throughout the year, including a Thanksgiving feast and Christmas dinner with gifts. I hope I can win this Turkey for Monique, and I would also donate the other turkey to another person in need this holiday season. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. GFCF Chick says:

    I nominate a family from my hometown area. It was a mining town and now many of the mines have shut down or reduced their productivity. This family has children and they are struggling to put anything on the table. Often, the kids end up at friends to receive a dinner because the family doesn’t have food. This year for school, the girls each received one set of new clothes. Normally, they received nothing. However, the mom somehow had saved a little extra money. The town’s only grocery store, bank and pharmacy burned to the ground a little over a month ago leaving the whole town to travel many miles to the nearest grocery store. Many residents are buddying up to help the senior citizens get groceries and medicine. If chosen to win, I will give both coupons/certificates to this family.

    Thanksgiving Tip: I have a puzzle or game like Yatzee laid out on table in our living room for when guests are tired of visiting or watching tv. I also have appetitizers set in different spots (living room, kitchen). Ahead of time, I check with family/guests to ask about food dislikes or food allergies. Then I make my menu around that, so all can eat what’s on the dinner table.

  18. Erica Best says:

    I nominate my best friend she is having it hard this year and she could really use this and for the giveaway .
    if u use foil on the turkey it comes out alot more moist and so good .

  19. charle reeves says:

    My mom because She has had such a rough time this year. Honestly buying a turkey is just going to be a challenge. Our family has had so many challenges this would really be a great help!

  20. charle reeves says:

    i forgot the tip..we soak ours overnight in a brine of water, salt and a little oil. Makes it moist!

  21. i nominate myself because im disableald and food money is so tight and it would be nice to have a realy nice turkey this year .i wood keep one turkey and i wood give the other to my exsister inlaw who we still love each other and take care of each other ,her husband is up for a lung tranbplant soon so if a lung becomese avalable we will have the family dinner ourself for her,she always have family dinners ,thanks jean

  22. Phyllis Ford says:

    I nominate my daughter Jessica Mills.

  23. A dear friend in a bitter custody dispute with her ex-husband. He was only supposed to have minimal visitation (his preference) so he could be alone with his new family. Now he’s strong-armed her into letting him have the kids for the holidays, leaving her all alone on Christmas.

  24. I would nominate my mother-in-law because she is recovering from surgery and is on the tight budget after all medical bills.

  25. I believe my Daughter deserves it more then anyone I know! She has survived a brutal marriage and has been doing her best for the last ten years to get over it. She has worked odds and end jobs but nothing that could support her and her kids, we have had our Grand Daughter most of the time, and her Son has been living with his Daddy, cause he is a good dad,he is not the one she was married to. She just got a good job and her own place, so now my Grand daughter gets to live with her mom. It will be their first Thanksgiving AND Christmas together in their own place in over ten yrs!!
    Anyway there is a lot more to this story but the bottom line is I vote for my daughter!
    Thanks
    Roxane D

  26. My grandpa because it is his first year without grandma and, bless his heart, he is going to attempt to serve Thanksgiving dinner because he doesn’t want to ruin a long standing tradition.

  27. I nominate my parents. They are older so my mom isn’t working and my dad works PT. They do so much for my sisters who are both single parents and live near them. They really can’t afford to do all they do for them but do it anyway. This would really help them with the holidays. In fact, I’ll probably end up giving them both coupons or we’ll use one to smoke a turkey to take to them so they at least won’t have to cook one of them!

  28. I nominate my twins first grade teacher. She really works hard to make sure all her kids learn even buys supplies on her own. She also gives a lot of her time to the community with coaching a dance team for young children and coaching older girls in basketball. She always has her teacher website up to date and really works with her students’ families. She is a great role model for our children.

    What makes thanksgiving better for my family. Realising its not just about the food and taking time to really be thankful for all we have.

  29. SHERRI DELOACH says:

    I nominate Katrina Gonzalez a best friend any girl would want. She is young under 40yrs old, raising her grandson, her mother has died and is out of work. Her husband Nick works to provide for them but I know times are tuff!! A Butterball Turkey would allow her to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner that she can be proud of and thankful for. Trina is one of the most SELFLESS people I know!!! She is also a VERY DESERVING person!! I love her dearly! My tip for TurkeyDay cooking is to make / freeze as many of the side dishes as possible during the week before. We also Roast 1 turkey ahead of time, reserve the juice then only heat the meat w/ the juice on it :) The other turkey is a deep fried cajun bird & that my friends is the most awesome bird you’d every want to eat!!! <3, hugs and happy Thanksgiving to EVERYONE!!! :)

  30. michelle harn says:

    I want to nominate my from Amie. She is 31 yrs old, with 2 children ages 12 and 7. Her husband is a construction worker and out of work for over a yr now. She also takes care of her mother who has been battling breast cancer for over 3 yrs. She is disabled her self with severe scoliosis and has two metal rods in her back from neck to tailbone. She is so generous and willing to help others whether its with a place to stay, or food. She recently started fostering one of her sons friends because the young boys mother was in hospice with end stage breast cancer and that family had no other family around to assist with the young boy. She has also taken on her friends dogs while she works to get back on her feet on top of the familys 3 dogs themselves. They have turned the children’s playroom into another bedroom for who ever needs a place to stay for a while. A week a a half ago she needed to have back surgery again to aleaviate pain between her L3 and L4 discs which was causing pain and making her legs and arms numb and at times unable to use them. At times my husband and I have offered them assistance which they refuse so we hire her husband to assist us in doing some work around the house. He has installed our wooden floors and baseboards for us so we can assist them financially. They never hesitate to help someone because they know God will help them during their struggles and always provides for them. I would to help them have a wonderful family holiday again by presenting them with a free turkey to go along with the food baskets I deliver to them. She is such a caring and family oriented person that I cannot think of anyone I know that is more deserving. Thank you for giving me a chance for this opportunity for them.

    • michelle harn says:

      Sorry…and my tip for making thanksgiving more special is being surrounded by friends and family!! Thanksgiving isn’t about the food (ok maybe a lil bit!!) Or how lavish you set the table…its about being with your loved ones and letting them know how much you care about them.

  31. I nominate my daughter Samantha! She is out on her own, and has found that life is hard. She is doing it though. I love that she calls me to ask my opinion on things. It shows even though “I didn’t know anything” when she was growing up. That she values my opinion. We are sharing thanksgiving this year and she is hosting, and I will be there as a helper. Thanksgiving Blessings are seeing your children grow into the adults you knew they were capable of all along.

    God Bless, Kimberley

  32. Debrah Huggins says:

    I nominate my good friend Nat’s mother. She has been going through some rough times financially and emotionally.

  33. I would like to nominate my youngest son. Money has been tight for him and his family this year. He has three kids all born on the same day Dec. 12th a Daughter and twin boys. He Loves to have the Thanksgiving dinner at his house and cook the Turkey. He would Love to win this giveaway.

  34. Charla McCracken says:

    I would like to nominate my friend Marie. She is an awesome lady who is always willing to help any way that she can. She is legally blind, but does a beautiful job of sewing with many adaptations to allow her to do so. She is on SSI and only gets $50 a month from that since they have started taking her health insurance out of her check. Her husband had a heart attack a year or so ago and can no longer work. His doctor won’t release him to return to work and told him to get on disability. He has been denied for that 4 times alreaady. Her $50/month and what sewing she can do is their only source of money. They had their electricity turned off and are having to hook up to their daughter’s in order to have a way to cook, heat and see. Both she and her husband are wonderful people who are willing to do anything to help others. Her husband hates the fact that the doctor won’t release him to return to work because he would rather work and not have other’s pay his way. They deserve to have a nice Thanksgiving and I think this turkey would truly help them.
    My tip for Thanksgiving is to have everyone bring some part of the meal already cooked and ready to share. This way, no one family is out the cost of feeding everyone and no one is stuck in the kitchen all day while other’s visit.

  35. Kelly Hess says:

    I have to nominate by parents. They have completely stepped up this year and helped us out financially since we wanted to send our son to private school. What a wonderful gift! Thanksgiving is all about family being together and saying grace before our meal!

  36. I would like to nominate my sister Jen. She has shared all that she has to keep our family going this last year. She has a heart of gold and has given so much, so selflessly. Not only has she been such a help to this family, she donates many hundreds of hours every year helping homeless pets at a local animal rescue. Life is not easy for her but she lives and gives as if each day is her last. As for a tip to make Thanksgiving be a much more enjoyable and relaxing day, I like to prepare as much of the food as I can the night before, refrigerate it and then warm it up just before the meal.

  37. I nominate my niece. She’s has Chiari Malformation so she deals with alot of pain. It’s been a very tough year for her. And then her 39 year old twin died suddenly in August. She is a single Mom with 3 kids of her own and she still tries to take care of her twin’s son and baby daughter. Money is very tight for her so I know this would be a big help to her family. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

  38. Sorry, my tip for making Thanksgiving more special is to have everyone take a turn and say what they are thankful for, usually not a dry eye at the table. I print off a coloring picture from the computer and the children color them. I get a jar and fill it with candy and the child who guesses the number closest to it, wins it. They love that. Also, I make dressing in the bird and in the crockpot, but mix them together before serving for the best flavor. I hope these help.

  39. Amanda Starr says:

    I nominate my mom. Back in 2007 my husband, daughter, and I lived with my parents so I could care from my sick father and grandmother. Thanksgiving 2007 my dad passed away at 63, that same Christmas my mom was laid off from the job she had for over 10 years. We didn’t have enough money to keep paying for the house we all lived in so had to move. She has since lived in a rented house, an apartment and now about to move into an “apartment” attached to someones house. Even though she lost her husband of 40 years and the house she grew up in she found strength to go back to school to become a kindergarten teacher and will finish in 2012. She is making a life for herself, one she thought she’d never have to do and still finds joy in little things and although she is struggling and sometimes doesn’t even know if there will be food she still gives freely to everyone she knows. I would love to give back, even just a little, to her to let her know what an amazing woman I think she is. If I can be half the women she is than I will be whole.

  40. Maressa Yeoman says:

    I nominate my friend Renee Eshnaur. If it wasn’t for her, i’d never know how to make a wonderful delicious Turkey for my Husband and 3 kids during our Holidays! I would be lost with out her! Thank you Renee! And thank you Mommy Hates Cooking!! :)

  41. Sharla Kincaid says:

    I nominate my grandma, she has always prepared thanksgiving dinner, and she has been diagnosed with cancer this past year along with the rest of her medical problems. She is still wanted to prepare dinner this year but all the medical bills are starting to pile up and being able to give her a turkey to feed our entire family of 42 would help her out so much, and it would be a blessing to our family.

  42. I think I would nominate my mom. She hasnt been the greatest mom ever and she has made some seriously messed up life choices that has effected everyone around her but if came down to it she would give u the shirt or jacket off her back in the freezing cold and even ppl who have screwed up thier life deserve a good meal

  43. I nominate my son’s pregnant preschool teacher. She is a first time Mom and doing this alone. She is so sweet and I’d like to help make her holiday that more special. I can’t monetarily help her, so I’ve been entering as many giveaways hoping to be lucky enough to help her in that way – every little bit helps.

    We rarely get together as a family during most of the year, as everyone is all over the country but we always make a point to get together during Thanksgiving or Christmas to spend quality time together and that includes a big feast! This would definitely help!

    Thanks for the chance :)

  44. Keri Jenkins says:

    I nominate Susan Gravitt and her mom Peggy, they are both on limited income and do what they can just to get by each month. I asked Susan what she is doing this year for Thanksgiving, and she said she is just going to sit at home as usual. I think having a nice turkey will make her and her mom’s day.

    • Keri Jenkins says:

      What would make Thanksgiving better for my family is if we all pitched in and helped with the food…everyone brings a dish of some sort.

  45. Tiffany Pollard says:

    I nominate a friend of mine, Mechelle. She is a single mother whose ex-husband has really left his family in an awful situation. Despite all of the obstacles she faces, she remains a loving, Christian mother who finds the best in any situation. She maintains faith that God will provide, which is an inspiration to me. If I win, I’m donating my turkey to a needy family of one of my students so they will not lose hope & know what Thanksgiving is about. Thanx :)

  46. Donna Ramos says:

    I nominate my friend, Carol Bailey. She is a defense attorney that spends all of her extra time and energy at women and children shelters. For Halloween, she sponsored a little carnival for the children. I was very fortunate to be asked and able to help. Any leftovers at work she takes to the shelters. She is always trying to organize things to keep kids off of the streets. Both of my coupons would be donated to her. Actually I will be cooking the turkeys for her to be taken to the shelter. God placed a beautiful person on this earth to do amazing things, and her name is Carol.

  47. I would give one to a family member that is going through a rough time finacialy and the other I will also give to a local college ministry.

  48. I would give it to my friend, she has a 3 year old and an infant. I know it’s been tough for her to cook at home and she’s so busy all the time working. I think it would be great to give her a coupon so she doesn’t have to worry about her Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks, Kristy!

  49. I would give one to our dear friend Sherry. She is a mother of 7 and 2 grands. Her son (our best friend) is currently serving in Afghanistan and will not be able to make it home for the holidays. I know this will be a very hard time for this amazing christian woman! Thank You!

  50. I would nominate my dear mother-in-law. She hosts the entire family for Thanksgiving every year and always prepares the most delicious meals. We have a very large family, and she always welcomes one more. We all get together and cook way too much food. She has taught me so much and Thanksgiving would not be the same without her!

  51. DIANA BRANDT says:

    I nominate my grandparents, who have been facing a very emotional and financial medical time over the past month. With many decisions coming up and a lot on their plates, they still want to host Thanksgiving for all of us and I think this would make things so much easier for them, a blessing they would deserve.
    I love that you are doing this and good luck to all!

  52. Stacey Barnier says:

    I nominate my best friend Shellie Wilson because she is always doing nice things for people… Even when she doesnt have the.funds to do so. She is just one of those people u can count on to do the right thing!

  53. DIANA BRANDT says:

    ah forgot!- and what would make Thanksgiving better for my family: an opportunity for us to all get together and actually enjoy the holiday. We too frequently have too much to do and don’t get to truly appreciate one another.

  54. I nominate my mother, for being a strong, single mother and always pulling something together, even when budgets are tight. This year is no different, even with the family all being grown, and taking this load off her would make it that much more enjoyable!

  55. Having a 3 day break away from school to spend with my daughter and family is the best! Spending all day with my own baby as opposed to my 20 kiddos at school is just what I need come November! I nominate one of my fellow teachers who is having a rough time making ends meet right now!

  56. Brittany A. says:

    In 2009 my husband committed suicide and my mother left our family in the same week. My beautiful, generous aunt stepped right up, without hesitation, to be the mother figure I was desperate for as a 24 yr old widow with a 9 month old baby. She stayed with me until I made her leave and kept my baby so I could plan the funeral and just get some sleep. In September of this year she was diagnosed with breast cancer and it still hasn’t stopped her loving and giving spirit. During chemo she witnesses to other patients and listens to their life stories, she’s completely planning (and funding) her daughter’s wedding, and is never without a smile! When visiting her on Friday she was extremely sick from chemo and was trying to plan Thanksgiving, saying she doesn’t want anything to be different (she plans, cooks, and coordinates our family’s dinner every year- dinner for about 30). I nominate my mom, my angel, my blessing, FaFa (LaFonda) so she can have one less thing to worry about and be able to share a blessing with another family. **I Wear Pink For FaFa’s Tatas**

  57. lisa junk says:

    I am nominating my mom. She is always a giver and is now finally retired! Thanksgiving is the one time of year we all get together and its so wonderful to spend that time with family!

  58. Elizabeth says:

    Im nominating the pastor & his family at my church. They are always helping others even when its hard. We love your turkey & it would really help to get one for free & it would be wonderful to give one to our pastor & his family!
    My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the Butterball Turkey & my family being together.

  59. Henria O. says:

    I’d like to nominate the pastorate team of our church assembly. They just spent a number of months dealing with the stresses involving a brain tumor that developed in their 4 year old son and the fear of a possible malignant diagnosis. Today, their son is declared tumor and cancer free (we believe God performed a miracle) but they are still faced with the hard reality of doctor and hospital bills. This would be a definite blessing for them. Thank you.

  60. I love this idea!! I nominate my dad. He is a veteran who is homeless right now because the Veteran hospital is denying him. One part says he is too disabled, the other says he is not disabled enough. He is in a wheel chair and can’t walk more than 300 yards. He has no place to stay, as I am not in a position to help. And it is snowing where hes at. I would love for him to be able to have normal holidays. He worked very hard all his life.
    The most important part of Thanksgiving is FAMILY!

  61. Cainya Paul says:

    I am nominating my in-laws….they are on a fixed income and are still planning on Thanksgiving with their 4 children and grandkids. What makes this Thanksgiving even more special is that it might be my father-in-laws last. He is on Hospice and has decreased lung function. He has been told to stay in doors this winter and prepare his wishes. The children are preparing and yet enjoying every minute. They always give, give, give and that’s what I want to do for them. They are special people with special hearts. I have only been a part of their family for 4 years and have grown to love them like they were my own parents. They have embraced my children as their own grandchildren and are so full of loving kindness. They are so deserving!

  62. Julie McNeil says:

    I would like to enter the 2 free turkey give away. money is tight for us I lost my job where they used to give us a turkey every Thanksgiving. Better yet- I would give the one to a friend who is very pregnant with her third baby. Of course money is tight for them yet she always helps everyone else with everything. A ride- a meal, a hug. And she is the best Mom I know- always there for her kids and husband as well :):) thanks!!

  63. I would like to enter this contest to nominate my oldest sister Martha. Martha is a homemaker that is currently raising her daughter’s five sons and has had them for over ten years. My sister and brother-in-law have never complained about raising their grandsons or the financial difficulties this has resulted in. With only my brother-in-law working, money is in short demand, but love is not. My sister goes to all of the boys’ tennis games, band concerts, and scout meetings. In fact, she has become the ultimate ‘soccer mom’ in that her daily schedule revolves around the boys. Her grandsons have not missed a single day of school since she has been raising them and one has graduated with perfect attendance from high school. She is extremely giving and resourceful and deserves a little ‘pick me up’ whenever possible. Thanks, Mary G.

  64. I will nominate my parents. My mother is my best friend. I have seen many friends come and go but my parents are always there for me even if I am all grown up married with kids. All I have to do is pick up the phone and they are there. When you really don’t have anyone that you consider a true friend it is so nice to have your family. My mother and father would do anything for my family. As our family would do for them. I am VERY thankful for parents such as mine.

  65. My in-laws. Each year they host Thanksgiving at their house. When I mean host, they host up to 70 people. My Father-in-law comes from a large family, and once a year the whole family gets together. My mother-in-law spends most of November getting her house ready to host everyone. I know she would love a free Turkey, or two…because if I win, she’ll get both.

  66. I nominate my nehew Steven and his girlfriend Heidi. Steven is going to college. He had a difficult time locating a job so he went back to college — full time. Steven is a very talented writer and he would like to be a journalist. They are not well off financially and I know they could use a turkey!! WE LOVE YOU STEVEN AND HEIDI.

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