It’s not all about the big, tasty turkey on top of the table surrounded by mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and pumpkin pie. It sure sounds delicious, but Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the past year and often reuniting with family you don’t get to see often.

Our Seahawks are excited to take a few days off from the classroom as they give thanks for their blessings.

Recounting our Blessings

Happy ThanksgivingA few days before Thanksgiving, we found students sharing reasons they are thankful.  “I am thankful for being healthy and alive. The majority of the time, we take it for granted, and we don’t appreciate how lucky we are to be healthy. We need to be well both physically and mentally to succeed in anything we want to accomplish,” says Karen, a dual-enrollment student on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus.

Galeira agrees. “I am thankful for being able to pursue post-secondary education at Broward College because it’s giving me the tools I need to pursue any professional path I end up choosing.”

Erica, a Criminal Justice major, is excited to celebrate with her family as they reunite this Thursday. “I love Thanksgiving because it’s the perfect opportunity to see my uncles and cousins, and we all come together as a family. I am thankful for all my family, especially my mom, who is my support, my number one fan.”

Giving Back to Our Community

For a lot of people, being thankful goes beyond words. During Thanksgiving, some people use the opportunity to give back to those who need it the most. If you would like to support one of these initiatives, several community volunteer events take on the mission to show some love and care to members to members of the community that are facing challenges.

In Broward County, HandsOn Broward will be hosting the 2019 Community Thanksgiving Meal, where neighbors and friends who are unable to celebrate with their families come together for a free holiday meal supported by the Florida Community Support Organization. Volunteers are needed to help serve food and support the event. Additional events taking place over the holiday weekend are the Turkey Trot in Tamarac and Fort Lauderdale and United Way’s Happy Harvest Thanksgiving Dinner at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.

Learn more about volunteering opportunities and community service activities throughout the year. Volunteer with Broward College.