|Carts lined up filled w/ Turkey & Thanksgiving Fixins|
After 3 groups of 140 went through the Church and though the line to get their turkey we were out of turkeys, but there were still over 100 bags of other food that was donated, which was good because there were still plenty of people in line who did not get a turkey. The chaos ended around 1pm.
After lunch, a nap, and some time in prayer it was time for a special prayer service for the men in the shelter and their families, the men from the St. Padre Pio men’s shelter joined us as well as the CFR brothers and sisters from almost all of the other friary’s in the area. Towards the end of the service anyone had a chance to stand up and say what they were thankful for. It was at this time that my heart was touched. One of the men from the St. Anthony’s shelter stood up and said that he was thankful for his family, for the CFR’s, for St. Anthony’s for having food to eat, and a warm bed to sleep in. I’ve heard many people give thanks for this before, but I don’t know if I’ve heard someone say they were thankful for that with so much meaning, it was beautiful. After a few others shared what they were thankful for Fr. Benedict Groeschl, one of the founders of the CFR’s stood up and briefly told how the CFR’s and the St. Anthony’s shelter started, he ended by saying that he was thankful for the men in the shelters. What a start to Thanksgiving.