Giving Thanks Pandemic Style

Shown packing up the meals is Noble Oliver Martin and team.
By Lynn JonesTurpin – This year due to the pandemic, families had to choose between gathering together indoors or staying home alone to celebrate Thanksgiving. The day ranged from masked dinners, outdoor gatherings, paper plates, ZOOM roundups and dinner for one as the annual holiday came and went.
Shown ready “to-go” are Daughters of Rabia Court #25 Erika Banks and Anquinetta Plazz

Sixty one percent of Americans changed their Thanksgiving plans due to recent spikes in Covid-19 cases. The most common changes reported small gatherings with only immediate household members and having a smaller dinner than originally planned.

Many seniors were unable to receive visitors to enjoy their home cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.  This year to assist seniors, Rabia Temple #8 and the Daughters of Rabia Court #25 joined forced on Thanksgiving morning to prepare “to-go” plates for area seniors. The meals were personally delivered to over 140 area senior citizens throughout Duval County including nursing homes and facilities. Each recipient received a hot and ready fixing of the annual Turkey tradition fest.
This community service event has been held continuously for more than 30 years coordinated with building managers at each senior living facility to ensure uninterrupted food delivery to the designated residents.
Rabia Temple #8 and Daughters of Rabia Court #25 ready to go for the seniors!
“While social distancing we set up the stations just like most restaurants, packed up the meals and worked together and made a commitment along with community support to ensure seniors had a great Thanksgiving,” said Rabia Temple #8 Potentate Demetrious Bruno.
If we follow the new rules, get lucky with effective vaccines and develop medications that can tamp down the COVID-19 symptoms, there is a good reason to be optimistic about returning to normal traditions for Thanksgiving 2021. All signs point to positive, and yes America is ready for it.

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