This Thanksgiving Imalay feels Blessed … and the walk for the hungry continues in Western Mass

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Imalay, her mom and daughter

By Imalay Guzman

Around this time of year families gather around a dinner table crowded with food just to thank God for their blessings. Thanksgiving is much more than stuffing your face and spending time with family. Take a look at life and everything that it has pushed you to become. I like to look back at the year that has passed and thank God for every single thing that happened to me because every situation and decision that I made ended up a lesson learned .

Although Thanksgiving is a major holiday dedicated to food and family, being thankful or grateful can be a state of being – happening more than just once a year. Every bump in the road leads you a step closer to your goals. I teach my kids to be grateful everyday because not everyone in this world is so lucky to have what they have. The blessings you receive from this world have a lot to do with the type of person you are. People can argue otherwise but in my opinion Good Deeds attract Good Karma.

There are people who dedicate their Thanksgiving holiday to giving back to those who are less fortunate. It doesn’t take much to give back, being able to understand and have sympathy goes so far. Everyone deserves a meal on Thanksgiving – especially those who are homeless and have to find somewhere to stay. Let’s take a look at the things that we take for granted and a look at those who wish who they had what we have. We can all learn to appreciate the small things – after all, the small things are what matter most.

When it comes to donating, I know that you don’t need to give money or even go out your way to give funds to a corporation. Most times you donate and are clueless as to were that money is really going.

Helping others can be as easy as walking out your house and giving a person without a sweater a jacket that you no longer use. Charity can be as easy as giving food to those who sit and beg so they can eat. I know often people hesitate to give money to poor people due to the assumption of misuse. But in reality, a good gesture comes from the heart, regardless what the person uses it for. It should give you a sense of peace knowing you helped someone who needed it!

I am grateful for the people who show me support. It can be challenging being a mother of three children. I am thankful for the people who gave me opportunities when no one else would. I appreciate every single person who plays an active role in my life because without them, I won’t be able to achieve the little things I have a chance to achieve. Without them I wouldn’t be working on my personal life goals.

I praise God because without him I am nothing. I have faith in him and all his plans for me.

Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving – and hoping everyone can be generous and selfless!

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Congressman McGovern

Kennedy Joins McGovern on 43-Mile Western Massachusetts Hunger March!

Today, Congressman Jim McGovern is finishing the 8th annual “Monte’s March,” a 43-mile two-day walk as part of his anti-hunger push in Western Massachusetts.

Congressmen Joe Kennedy III will join the march in Sunderland at 1 p.m. today.

The march is aimed at helping to increase awareness about hunger in local communities and help Massachusetts families in need this thanksgiving.

All proceeds will benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Last year, the event raised more than $200,000.

· WHAT: Finish of Monte’s March, a 43-mile anti-hunger march across Western Massachusetts
· WHEN: Today!
· WHERE: March will cover 43 miles across Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

“Thanksgiving is about more than just being thankful,” Congressman McGovern said. “It’s about bringing families, friends, and communities together to help those who are in need. I’m so grateful that here in the Pioneer Valley, we know the importance of helping our neighbors. Hunger is something that touches too many families across the Commonwealth, but working together, we can help ensure that no family goes hungry this holiday season.”

Joining Congressman McGovern for the full 43 miles will be the founder of Monte’s March, WRSI The River radio host Monte Belmonte, as well as Andrew Morehouse, the Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

SCHEDULE FOR 43-MILE HUNGER MARCH:

Today, 11/21: Second day of march is 26 miles from Northampton to Greenfield:

· 12:00 p.m.: Bridgeside Grille
· 2:00 p.m.: Berkshire Brewing Company
· 6:00 p.m.: Finish march at Mag Pie (Joined by Greenfield Mayor Martin)