Each year, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. Most families follow traditions which began on the first Thanksgiving, but many have their own traditions that they follow each year.
Some of the common traditions associated with "Turkey Day" includes traveling to spend time with family. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pies. Some families include breaking the turkey's wishbone as part of their celebration and whoever ends up with the larger part of the bone gets their wish.
Many people use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to help the less fortunate. Some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day and others donate to shelters or participate in canned food drives.
Left to right, Peggy Fox and Deb Wisniewski, Dunkirk City social workers, organize the food baskets to be delivered.
Dunkirk Elementary School Seven joined in the traditional traditions and took the opportunity to help the less fortunate.
School Seven faculty and staff selected 20 families and provided a Thanksgiving meal for them with all the fixings.
Michelle Heenan, Elementary Principal stated, "At School Seven we like to think of ourselves as a big family and families take care of one another. This is just one small way we can help and give back to the community."
School Seven would like to thank two local businesses that helped them meet their goal of giving back to the community. The Fredonia Beaver Club donated 20 turkeys and Shults Resale Center on Vineyard Drive graciously donated all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. The meals were delivered to the selected families by staff on Tuesday Nov. 20, the last day of school before the Thanksgiving Recess. The families were overwhelmed with generosity and the true spirit of giving.