Thanksgiving is, for most, a time to spend with family, relax and, most importantly give thanks, but there are those that have individual circumstances that keep them from having the traditional Thanksgiving holiday experience.
This Thanksgiving break, some students will not be going home to their families, but will be remaining in the area. Luckily, it is not required for people to be with their loved ones to give thanks.
Some students are grateful for this extra time to get ahead. When family celebrations are unavailable, some take the opportunity to work the seasonal rush at local businesses. Others will study for upcoming final exams. The UVU Library will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Nov. 28 so some extra cram time can be put in.
Others may take this time to enjoy local activities, attractions and volunteer opportunities. If in Provo, visit The Center for “Dart the Turkey Thanksgiving Day Celebration” will be held on Nov. 25 from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Point is hosting a number of events. These activities include the First Feast –a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621– from Nov. 21-24, “Eat like a pilgrim” Nov. 20, 21 and 23, as well as their holiday light show Nov. 27- 28.
But nothing might be quite as satisfying as showing appreciation by helping others during the holidays. Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities range from helping out at the Candy Cane Corner store holiday assistance program to supporting clients of YWCA and The Road Home.
For those out to get some fresh air, funds for the Utah Food Bank and LDS Humanitarian Services are being raised through Draper city’s popular Thanksgiving morning 5K walk/run. Pre-registration is available at www.UtahHumanRace.org
These opportunities give people the chance to become what others are thankful for this holiday season.