Which is America’s most-important holiday?

I might be Independence Day, where the "American idea" began.  How about Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, to honor those who put their very lives on the line for America?    Labor Day symbolizes the hard work Americans do for prosperity.

But Thanksgiving is the one where we really gather to think about what American properity means. We shine the light on the good in our society, express gratitude for it, and hope we can find a way to extend that prosperity to all.

But not everyone has that chance to reflect over that symbolic meal on Thanksgiving.   Community Thanksgiving dinners go a long way toward that though. The one in our community might not happen this year.

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For the third year in a row, the Battle Creek Fights Hunger Fund and God’s Kitchen Battle Creek are planning a community pre-Thanksgiving dinner. They need $3,500. So far, the Fund has only raised $1,200.  Bill Stein of God’s Kitchen said the event will have to be cancelled  unless the program can raise another $2,300 by this Friday.  

That would be a shame. Last year, the Battle Creek Fights Hunger Fund served more than 600 meals to dinner guests. It set a new record of delivering 254 of those meals to the elderly, sick and shut-ins.

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  • What: The Battle Creek Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Who: Dinner is free and open to the public. There is no income requirement to participate.
  • When:  5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.
  • Where:  First Congregational Church, 145 Capital Avenue NE.
  • Why: Because it's America!

Arcadia Brewing Company has volunteered to roast 40 turkeys. Additional menu items will include: stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, pies (pumpkin, sweet potato, cherry, apple and pecan), punch and coffee.

To make a charitable contribution, please send your tax deductible donations to: Battle Creek Fights Hunger Fund, P.O. Box 4127, Battle Creek, Michigan 49016, or make a safe and secure donation online at: www.battlecreekfightshungerfund.org.

The Battle Creek Fights Hunger Fund is a nonprofit corporation established to eradicate hunger in the Cereal City by providing financial assistance to hunger relief charities. Since its founding in 2012, the organization has awarded more than $13,000 in grants to the Food Pantry Ministries and God's Kitchen - Battle Creek.