AURORA, Colo. – More than three dozen families now have their Thanksgiving fixings after an Aurora woman took to Facebook to show gratitude for her community.
Faye asked Denver7 not to disclose her last name. The mother of two loves to cook. She smiled as she pulled up a photo of a Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Faye excitedly pointed out her two adopted daughters and took pride in her perfectly cooked turkey and fixings. But this Thanksgiving, the nest feels empty.
“Sad I wasn’t going to have the girls for Thanksgiving,” Faye said.
This year, Faye counted her blessings. She says, unlike so many hurting, she’s employed and wanted to give back.
“I thought, well, I have an extra couple hundred bucks,” Faye said.
Eager to spread joy, Faye took to Facebook and posted, “I would like to help 5-10 families this Thanksgiving.”
“Some of these shopping lists are $15,” Faye said.
A family of four with two small children was among more than 30 families who responded to Faye’s Facebook post.
“Her husband had hours cut from his job, she lost her job due to COVID-19, so they have nothing,” Faye said.
Brandi didn’t want to disclose her full name. She says the pandemic has been challenging to navigate and she wasn’t sure Thanksgiving was going to happen this year.
“Between rent and having to pay bills and medical bills, we couldn’t have it without somebody helping us,” Brandi said.
Faye’s mission quickly grew as people reached out to make donations and time. She says so far; they’ve bought Thanksgiving groceries for 34 families.
Faye’s daughters aren’t home this holiday, but her heart is full.
“I’m getting a lot of faith and humanity and knowledge that even a little bit goes a long way,” Faye said.
Gratitude during a pandemic she hopes will inspire others to realize a small act of kindness can go a long way and it doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag.
If you would like to chip and in and help a family you can email Faye, firstname.lastname@example.org.