Today is Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Remember to give thanks

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On Thursday, an overwhelming number of families all across Wilson County will celebrate Thanksgiving.

They'll feast on a bountiful meal of succulent turkey, green bean casseroles, sweet potatoes, cranberry salads and, for dessert, they'll likely satisfy their sweet tooths with a warm slice of pecan pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a fresh baked chocolate cake or maybe an all-time Southern favorite, boiled custard.

After dinner there'll be time reserved for a nap in a comfortable, well-padded chair, watching one of several football games on TV, and maybe even a sneak back into the kitchen for just one more bite of turkey.

You might notice I suggested in the first paragraph that this would be the case for an overwhelming number of families in Wilson County.

But not all.

While so many of us will enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving, many, many more will not.

There is an abundance of families in Wilson County in need. Their needs vary from warm clothes to food and shelter.

And of course there are many who are homeless. They sleep in vacant or abandoned buildings, their cars or perhaps in hidden areas under bridges, in community parks or other places.

My point is this.

While we celebrate Thanksgiving Thursday, let's take the time to remember others who are less fortunate.

And, if we want to really do something good, let's make a contribution of food, clothing or whatever assistance we might provide to any one of several local organizations dedicated to helping those in need including our area churches.

Dr. Paul Stumb is president of Cumberland University and chairman of The Community Foundation of Wilson County.

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