Saturday, November 13, 2010

Over 800 Thanksgiving meals packed for the homebound

Scott Yeazle... Serving the Twin Ports

One of my favorite events of the year as I advocate for those in poverty and at risk of homelessness is volunteering for the DECC Thanksgiving dinner.

This will be the 21st Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC and my third year volunteering to help serve. It is a wonderful time to celebrate the year with good people. A group from Twin Ports Action Coalition gathers on Wednesday to assist with food preparation. We pack nearly 800 meals for the homebound. It is satisfying to know that people who are in need and not able to come down to the DECC will still be able receive a meal.

Friday, Nov. 19, brings another event I love, as the annual Christmas City of the North parade goes through downtown. This is a parade where coffee and hot chocolate are more important than pop or lemonade. Bands come out to play, clubs and organizations create awesome floats, and all kinds of folks come out to watch and sometimes freeze. Duluth is an amazing city and it is nice to live in the heart of it.

Now, after the election is over and you have cast your vote, don’t forget to call your newest elected officials and tell them what you would like to see happen. The elected officials work for you; if you don’t talk to them then they will not know your feelings. Voting is only the first step.

The holidays are coming quickly, along with a change in the weather. It’s time to button up the jackets and remember the mittens and hats. Remember, the Damiano Center and the Salvation Army will take any extra mittens, coats and hats to distribute to people in need.
Stay warm and safe when the snow comes and even before.


Yeazle is active in many community-based organizations. He is the chair of TPAC, a board member of Duluth Neighborhood Housing Services, vice-president of the Hillsider board, treasurer of the Central Hillside Community Club, serves on the Human Rights Commission, and is active in many other committees working to eradicate poverty and injustice.