Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Hello, folks. I hope everyone had a great time with their families during Thanksgiving weekend, and enjoyed the loads of food your hearts desired.

 

SN: Any leftovers, Please bring it this way ;)

 

I‘ve explained Thanksgiving to my international friend, and told them my clear-cut view on this holiday.

 

And basically apart from the history on it, it is a day for gathering and food, and to signify the time of being grateful.

 

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And then you have Black Friday the following day......

 

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Oh, Sweet America.

 

So, Gamal, what did you do for Thanksgiving?

 

Well, I feel Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without providing service to the public. Some students and I participated in a Thanksgiving community service event in the afternoon, and it was orchestrated by The Washington Center.  From my understanding, this is an annual thing that TWC students do.

 

We did some community service at S.O.M.E., which stands for "So Others Might Eat."

 

 

The building is about a 15 minute walk away from the RAF, so if you ever want to volunteer there, it is just blocks away.

 

"So Others Might Eat is the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of our city."

 

I was surprised that the organization guides people on getting clothes, shelter, and medical attention--not just food.

 

 

I was responsible for resetting the cups on each table. I also distributed the pies, as you can see.

 

SN: Pumpkin is the BEST. Yeah, I said it.

 

 

Me and the turkey man himself.

 

 

Now, I'm not a fan of this sign and didn't want to do it at first due to specific reasons (*cough* SIGMA *cough*). But she is Hawaiian, so it would be rude not to do the sign when she'd kindly asked me.

 

 

This is me with some cool volunteers I met at S.O.M.E.

 

 

Now, while I was walking around the place, I just so happened to see pictures of President Obama, who volunteered here last year.

 

My luck, huh!?

 

I also was invited to a Thanksgiving potluck at my neighbor's room that night, and I must say I had a lot of fun and good times.

 

 

Yum. I <3 Mexican food.

 

 

A little group picture. My flash was not on, thus the invisible black guy in the middle crouching.

 

Well, that's all I have for this blog. Make sure you tune in next time, when I will discuss more of my random awesomeness.

 

Bye.

 

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