Creating Thanksgiving Memories
For most people, Thanksgiving conjures up images of family — mothers, dads, aunts, uncles, the odd cousins, grandparents – sitting around a big table or relegated to the ubiquitous kids table – enjoying a big Thanksgiving dinner.
For the dozens of children living at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, warm Thanksgiving memories may be something from the distant past, an event they have never experienced or one that they dream of having in the future.
Commonly known as Ft. Mitchell Children’s Home, for the city where it is located in Northern Kentucky, the home has a 160-year history of helping children in need. It provides housing, counseling and foster and adoption services for children with moderate-to-severe emotional and/or behavioral problems.
To help create a special Thanksgiving memory for the children, who range in age from 6 to 14, the employees at the FedEx Ground Northern Kentucky hub, worked with Colonial Cottage Catering to provide 60 children with a full Thanksgiving meal.
“It was a great experience to deliver the food and to see how excited and thankful the children were,” said Adrienne Woodard, employee relations specialist who helped organize the event. “They didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner so it was wonderful to be able to provide that for them.”
Like so many community events that our team members support, this one was initiated by an employee. Betty Ashcraft, a quality assurance clerk at the hub, has been generously volunteering at the home for a number of years.
It’s not the first time the group has worked together to bring a little joy to the children of Ft. Mitchell. Last year, the Northern Kentucky team collected money to buy the children new bedding and made a special toy delivery to the home for Christmas. Despite this being our busiest time of the year, the group is once again working on fulfilling the children’s holiday wishes and plans to make another special holiday delivery this Christmas.