Imagine Thanksgiving Day without a hot meal, much less a delicious turkey dinner with stuffing, sweet potatoes, and, of course, pumpkin pie, and eating so much it’s hard to get up from the table.
For many Americans, they don’t have to imagine it – they live it. What most Americans take for granted – sitting around a large table with family and eating their fill – is an unaffordable luxury for the neediest in Appalachia.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to your support, Americans Helping Americans® is able to provide thousands of frozen turkeys to our partner organizations throughout Appalachia so that for those most in need in our nation Thanksgiving is not just another day – but a day we as a nation are all able to enjoy and give thanks for.
On Veterans Day, we thanked those for their service and sacrifice to our country.
But just because November 11 has come and gone, doesn’t mean that we forget about the former members of the military who struggle day in and day out to put food on their table, or our partners in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia who make that their mission.
This month alone, with the help of generous supporters like you, we were able to ship 216 dry food boxes containing canned fruit and vegetables, beef stew, chili and soup, tomato sauce, pasta and dried beans packaged specifically for veterans to Caring Hands Ministries in Georgia and another 100 more boxes to Arms Outstretched Ministries in Virginia.
“The food boxes make a big difference for those veterans living on fixed incomes,” says Americans Helping Americans® interim executive director Beth Tessema.
And with your continued help, Americans Helping Americans® will be distributing more veterans’ food boxes to our partner organizations as needed – and the need is always there.
Also, with the holidays coming up, a nice big turkey dinner is a luxury many Appalachian families in need cannot afford.
This year, again thanks to the compassion and generosity of our supporters, Americans Helping Americans® has already been able to distribute a total of 2,200 frozen turkeys to our partners Big Creek People in Action in West Virginia, Of One Accord and Appalachian Outreach in Tennessee, Come-Unity Cooperative Care and Cumberland Mountain Outreach in Kentucky, and Arms Outstretched in Virginia, as well as an addition 116 turkeys, with all the fixings, to veterans living in our multi-family affordable housing projects in Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.
With the holiday season nigh upon us, we thank those who have enabled us to help thousands of families enjoy a delicious turkey dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, and hope that you can make a contribution today so many more will be able to “put a turkey on the table” this year as well.
Although Veterans Day is not until Nov. 11, we here at Americans Helping Americans® work to provide assistance every day to those who have sacrificed to serve their country in the most patriotic way possible – through military service – in their time of need.
That includes shipping to our partner organizations hundreds of food boxes packaged specifically for veterans and containing enough non-perishable items such as canned soup, stew, fruits and vegetables, dried beans, rice and instant potatoes to help them get through the month.
Caring Hands Ministries in Cleveland, Georgia, and Come-Unity Cooperative Care in London, Kentucky, are among our partners who distribute the food boxes to veterans received through Americans Helping Americans®.
At Of One Accord, our partner in Rogersville, Tennessee, we were pleased to be able to be on hand this spring as they delivered meals to dozens of veterans – something they do on a daily basis to ensure the veterans in their community have at least one, hot, filling delicious “southern-style” home-cooked meal every weekday.
In addition to food, Americans Helping Americans® is proud to partner with numerous nonprofit organizations in Appalachia to repair roofs, fix floors, install new bathrooms and build handicap ramps for veterans to make their lives in their golden years much easier.
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Here’s what a few of our reviewers had to say:
Afchmi, professional with expertise in the field – Oct. 2, 2014:
“Americans Helping Americans® found us in 2010 and has helped greatly in providing both funds and in-kind materials that have enabled us to at least double the number of people we have been able to help. They have also offered much positive feedback and encouragement. These people really care.”
joesmom, general member of the public – Oct. 2, 2014:
“My son was afraid to go to school. Last year, he kept getting in school suspension and punishments because he did not have the supplies the school said he had to have and because his shoes had rips in them. I want my kids to have everything but food and a place to stay has got to be the first thing. Then my neighbor read in the paper that this Americans Helping Americans® had sent a lot of school supplies and back packs for the kids here and the place that got them was giving them away. They had everything he needed. They even had shoes! Nice new shoes. I just broke down and cried. They even told me that this Americans Helping Americans® place was sending them sandwiches the next week and I could have some of those too. I almost couldn’t believe it. Somebody cares. My son got in that school bus and he was smiling, really smiling. You helped to change my son. He is liking school this year and not afraid.”
Pdog, general member of the public – Oct. 29, 2013:
“I have supported Americans Helping Americans® for years. They go into the communities where help is needed the most and support grassroots efforts that are already underway in those communities. In doing this, they are helping the communities to help themselves. It isn’t a handout. It is building up of the communities that are in trouble and making them stronger from the inside out.”
AmandaGA, client served – Oct. 21, 2013:
“My kids got coats. It was 25 degrees that night. We got blankets too at [Americans Helping Americans® partner organization] Caring Hands Ministries [in Cleveland, Georgia]. They said [Americans Helping Americans®] sent them. God bless you.”
I Stand in the Gap, volunteer – Oct. 4, 2013:
“I have helped unload and distribute items provided by Americans Helping Americans® — food, blankets, etc. – for those in need in the North Georgia area. I’ve also been a recipient of their veterans’ food boxes when times were tough. Americans Helping Americans® serves a great need in our community, and I am glad to support their work!”
Trickle-down economics – from the haves to the have nots – as political theory may have its skeptics, but at Americans Helping Americans® as a moral imperative it’s a founding principle.
We saw it in action this August in Kentucky thanks to our compassionate supporters who were able to share a bit of their wealth so that Americans Helping Americans® through its partners, Come-Unity Cooperative Care and Cumberland Mountain Outreach were able to “trickle-down” resources to those most in need.
People like 89-year-old Eloise who lives in 30-year-old trailer on a rural road outside of London who without a handicap ramp constructed by Come-Unity volunteers and funded by a cash grant from Americans Helping Americans® would be unable to get in out of her own home benefitted this summer by that “trickle-down.”
So did numerous school children who attended Cumberland Mountain Outreach’s vacation summer camp, received shoes and school supplies from Americans Helping Americans® through Cumberland Mountain Outreach , as did hundreds of children and families, seniors and veterans who received food boxes on a regular basis from Come-Unity due to the “trickle-down” from you, to us, to them.
Americans Helping Americans® was created with the “trickle-down” concept in mind – connecting those with resources with those in need in the most poverty-stricken areas of the country.
And thanks to you, it works.
When a child enters a hospital room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and sees their injured parent – sometimes missing limbs or suffering from severe burns – it can be a very traumatic experience for them.
But it was gratifying and heartwarming to hear directly this summer from Arms Outstretched Ministries executive director Michelle Humphries about what a difference it makes when a young boy or girl in that situation receives a teddy bear through the Americans Helping Americans®’ Teddy Bear Buddies program.
Humphries has witnessed on many occasions how a child simply lights up, even in the midst of the most troubling of times, and is comforted by a little stuffed bear. “It just brightens up their whole word,” she told us. “They love those bears.”
Americans Helping Americans® is proud and honored to partner with Arms Outstretched in its mission to assist the nation’s wounded warriors, low-income military families struggling to make ends meet on an enlisted solder’s salary, and veterans who have helped to keep the country safe and secure.
Make your donation in support of our programs today!
We thank those serving in the armed forces today, and those veterans who served in past. And we thank you for helping us to help them.