The first thing we did upon our late-night arrival into Houston was go to the Houston Food Bank the very next morning.


Not as a way of assuaging any impending guilt we knew we were sure to have after digging gluttonously into Texan food in subsequent days. We wanted to get a true sense of what your options were food-wise if you were homeless and couldn’t financially support yourself.

And of course, give our time.

Donning hairnets, we spent the morning slicing up taco pies, mixing frozen vegetables, building meal trays, and filling up weekly meal boxes with juices, bread, milk, snacks, and the meal trays. By noon, we’d made close to 1,000 meals in just three hours.

In the time it takes to catch up on your favorite TV shows.

This year, Passports with Purpose plans on building a school in Cambodia and there are so many ways you can help.

This year’s fundraiser (based on raffle ticket sales) will benefit the American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC), and this time around, I will be participating under the Matador Network umbrella.

Will be writing more about PwP next week, but in the meantime, here’s a brief unedited clip from the Food Bank. As you celebrate Thanksgiving today, remember to be grateful for even the littlest of things.


God bless.

  • one place i called said they’re booked till january! lol… that’s why i said other times are just as good to volunteer!

  • i think it’s better not to volunteer at thanksgiving (there is no lack of volunteers during this time) but during other times of the year. here are some links:


    • Great idea and thanks for the links to the other resources. Again, you can always ask local organizations if they need help. Let they themselves tell you they don’t need volunteers.

  • I told myself that this year I would volunteer for Thanksgiving, but it was so easy not to make the arrangements ahead of time in the face of all the other crazy, pressing issues I’ve had to deal with on a day-to-day basis. But Thanksgiving came and went, and I did an amazing job hanging in my pajamas, but it didn’t make me feel any better. I admire you for taking the time to volunteer your time and getting back to what’s really important … and thanks for reminding me that finding the time to do that is not time wasted but time wisely spent.

    • Hey JoAnna – This was actually earlier this month, not on Thanksgiving day. Sorry it seemed a bit misleading. That said, bits and pieces of volunteer time here or there can make a huge difference.

  • Lyn – Thanks so much for spreading the word and hope you had a happy thanksgiving too.

  • Lyn

    What a wonderful way to give back on Thanksgiving … what a perfect way to embody the spirit of the day … Bless you too Lola. I am going to tweet about this post.