CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Offering everyone a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving holiday, a group of Cedar Rapids Muslim and Lutheran teens offered thanksgiving meals to people working during the holiday, keeping the spirit of Thanksgiving alive.
“Not everyone has the blessing of a house and parents and food to eat on Thanksgiving,” Shefaa Tawil, a volunteer, told ABC KCRG on Thursday, November 24.
The group divided up, going to businesses on the east and west side of the city with bags of lunches.
They gave out meals at grocery stores, gas stations and police officers on patrol, offering the holiday spirit to anybody who was spending Thanksgiving in the work.
The event offered teens a chance to set aside differences and show unity in the country at a hard post-election time.
“I think that interfaith partnerships are a great way of showing that while differences exist, and differences are an important part of our country, they don’t have to divide us,” said a co-organizer Alida Selim.
Thanksgiving is a celebration observed on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and the second Monday of October in Canada.
The celebration is about giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
Though it started as a Christian tradition, the current form of celebration is a culture holiday observed by all people of all faiths.
The celebration is marked by family gatherings, cooking food, being thankful, watching football matches, staying home from work, and all the malls offer discounts on that occasion.