THANKSGIVING PREP FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
ROLL OUT THE DECORATIONS Still not talking about bread. Not everything in Thanksgiving preparation needs to be tied to the kitchen. Creative family members of all ages can work together to bring some seasonal flare to the dining room. Maybe this means picking up some Thanksgiving coloring books, or perhaps the family can venture outdoors to collect autumn trimmings for crafts. It’s a great way to let each family member put their own personal spin on the holiday! HAVE A ‘ROLLER DERBY’ Finally. While an adult should be the one to put these delicious baked goods in the oven, the whole family can help shape the dough. In fact, Care.com recommends making this a contest. Set aside a time when everyone can vie for the title of Fastest Roll Maker, and you’ll have plenty of warm, flaky, delicious treats come dinnertime. Letting everyone play a part may take a little more planning and add slightly more chaos to your Thanksgiving preparations. But it’s sure to produce a lot of great memories and bonding moments among your loved ones. And by the time you sit down to eat, you’ll all have something to be thankful for right in front of you — Those. Delicious. Rolls.
Thanksgiving is more than just a feast; it’s about coming together as a family and being thankful for one another. So why wait to get into the spirit until everyone is seated at the table? Here are a few ways you can
make the actual preparation of Thanksgiving dinner fun and engaging for the whole family!
GIVE EVERYONE A ROLE No, not those rolls — yet. Making the feast a family project can turn the day from a hectic list of chores into a magical bonding experience. It’s important to match each family member to a job that best fits their abilities. Young children can mash potatoes or rinse ingredients in the sink. Older kids can take on more responsibility, like measuring ingredients, keeping an eye on timers, and setting the table. Teens and young adults can supervise their younger siblings and cousins in these important tasks and may be called upon to stir what’s on the stove while an adult checks on the football game.
Why We Choose to Help Others During the Holidays and Every Other Day G I V I N G B A C K A L L Y E A R
Giving back is an essential value for Yankee Home Improvement. Since we’ve been afforded so many opportunities, we feel compelled to give back to the community that puts their trust in us. Learn more about some of the organizations Yankee works with below, and hopefully you’ll feel as inspired by them as we do. Providing a Meal This November, Yankee Home Improvement will be hosting a food drive for Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry. For the past 25 years, this kitchen has been serving Chicopee, connecting donors, supporters, and those in need. The kitchen began in 1980 when a group of citizens saw a need to help feed those who were struggling to find their next meal. The organization’s namesake, Lorraine Houle, served as the first and only director of the group. To learn more, visit www. LorrainesSoupKitchen.com Safe Communities Work off some of those extra holiday pounds and raise money for a good cause at the same time! Yankee will be sponsoring the Hot Chocolate Run in Northampton, which features a 5K course for individual and team runners. The event is a benefit for Safe Passage, an organization that has been battling domestic violence in Hampshire County since 1977. Each year, Safe Passage helps thousands of families find safety, justice, and a chance to rebuild their lives. Learn more about Safe Passage at www.SafePass.org , and sign up for the walk at www.hotchocolaterun. greatfeats.com .
join the board of directors for Harmony House of Western Massachusetts. Harmony House provides terminally ill patients with a loving, home-like
environment to comfortably live out the remainder of their life in peace. Learn more about Harmony House at www.HarmonyHousewma.org . In addition to joining Harmony House’s board of directors, Yankee will begin working with Hartford
Harmony House - Ger was just placed on the board of directors
Bags of Love. On Christmas Day in 2017, 9-year-old Tiernan Cabot’s family fed those who were less fortunate as part of a family volunteering opportunity. After that experience, Tiernan wanted to help all year long, and he began creating care packages for those who are homeless or
in need of assistance. The packages include hygiene products, food, clothing items, and other essentials needed for survival. Learn more about Hartford Bags of Love by visiting www. HartfordBagsOfLove.com .
Hartford Bags of Love – great first meeting with Tiernan
At Yankee Home Improvement, we value the opportunity to give back to our community. To learn more about our values, visit www. YankeeHomeImprovement.com .
Two New Organizations At Yankee, we’re always looking for opportunities to help others in our community. Ger was recently asked to
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