Food, Fellowship, and Friends! As you celebrate the togetherness and festivities of Thanksgiving, we invite you to also remember refugees around the world who are in need of hope, bounty, and community. This year, Carry the Future invites you to host a Friendsgiving to bring awareness to the refugee crisis. 

Hosting a Friendsgiving can be easy! You are probably already planning to celebrate Thanksgiving, so why not add a few more plates to your table! 

Friendsgiving is about togetherness.

Carry the Future volunteer Sara Gilliam, who lives in Canada, tells us about her plans for Friendsgiving. This year, she plans to invite her Canadian friends:  “We are Americans living in Canada, where there is a low-key version of Thanksgiving in October, but we are going to introduce our Canadian friends to American Thanksgiving by hosting a Friendsgiving.”

She also suggests keeping it simple. After all, Friendsgiving is about togetherness:  “It will be crazy as we’ll all be squeezing 5 families into our 750-sq-ft house; kids will be everywhere.” 

Friendsgiving provides a chance to share your traditions as well as honor others:  “I’m making a big traditional meal—turkey and two kinds of potatoes. I’m also taking a chance on green bean casserole because all the Canadians are horrified by the description, but I’ve promised it tastes amazing.”  

Friendsgiving provides a chance to share your traditions as well as honor others.

You could also dispense with tradition and sample some cuisines from around the globe:  “I will also be bringing home olives from Greece (where I am currently volunteering) and making zaatar flatbreads in homage to Syrian friends and Carry the Future’s work.”

You could also dispense with tradition and sample some cuisines from around the globe.

Finally, Sara suggests an easy way to do something to help refugees:  “I’m asking all of the families attending to make a small financial contribution to Carry the Future instead of bringing food to share.”

In many homes, the dinner table is where families come together to celebrate, commune, and break bread. It is a sacred place that unites us. This year, use that sacred place to bring awareness to the refugee crisis. On our own, we cannot do everything, but we can do something. 

For information on hosting Friendsgiving, click here.