Brighten someone's day with Thanksgiving dinner
Pick someone to surprise who doesn’t get a traditional Thanksgiving meal, or have each child
pick someone different to send a Thanksgiving bag to.
Maybe that means a soldier or a deployed relative.
Does your church have a missionary family you could send to? Do you know a college student
who just needs a little pick-me-up?
After you’ve decided who to surprise, pick your ingredients. Start with a 2-gallon bag and pack it full with a warm Thanskgiving greeting!
Here’s what we used:
Add to your bag: the staples
What else says “Happy Thanksgiving!” like the classics?
We used turkey jerky—partly because it rhymes, but mostly because it’s preserved and
Also, we used mixes for the potatoes and apple cider muffins. Notice these are all flat items—
those will keep in the mail and fit easily in your bag.
Add to your bag: pie
Mini ones are the best kind, and ours even came in a cute little box! If yours doesn’t, make sure to at least bag it separately to keep it safe for the trip.
Add to your bag: popcorn and chocolate kisses
This dynamic duo is your basic sweet (caramel chocolate) and salty (microwave popcorn) mix.
Those are all the ingredients you need for chocolate-caramel popcorn balls! To go the extra mile,
you could attach recipe instructions.
Add to your bag: pumpkin spiced latté mix
There’s no substitute for the iconic pumpkin spiced coffee during Thanksgiving time. Share this
steaming treat in single-serving cup form, in packets, or with flavored coffee syrup.
Add to your bag: garnish
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without garnish (marshmallows on sweet potatoes…
whipped cream on pumpkin pie… thick, bubbling gravy on turkey).
Add a little flare of garnish by dropping a few cinnamon sticks into the bag—not too much so
that everything tastes like cinnamon. Add JUST enough so that it opens with a little nostalgic
aroma that creates visions of falling maple leaves.
Make your Thanksgiving bags an even bigger blessing by praying as a family for each person who receives one.
And there you have it, the makings of a new Thanksgiving tradition! Year after year, you can use this simple action to be reminded of your own blessings as you bless others.