Thanksgiving is the holiday I have often referred to as the forgotten holiday, because of all the early hoopla over the next holiday – one I won’t even mention, since I vowed to myself I would not talk about it until after Thanksgiving.

We have our Thanksgiving decorations out, and we’re happy to see a few big blow-up turkeys in people’s front yards. While I am thankful for that, I want to get you all involved in the spirit of giving and, naturally, I have a few suggestions.

Have some time? PeopleCare could use some volunteers, particularly drivers, to get people to doctor’s appointments or for home visits. PeopleCare uses primarily volunteers, to assist and support the homebound elderly “by providing socialization, emotional support and access to service providers where no one is denied services.”

There will be a PeopleCare Community Social in Brookfield on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending or, better yet, driving someone to the event, contact the PeopleCare office at 442-1223 for more information. You’ll make someone’s day, and that someone will probably be you.

The Riverside Police Department is collecting clothes and toys for Sarah’s Inn, an organization providing services for victims of domestic violence. Clients will be able to “shop free” from the collected items.

Contact the Riverside Police at 447-2127 for further information. The police department is accepting donation through Dec. 7.

The Hauser Junior High canned-food drive is in its 39th year. Over the past 38 years, they have collected 1.3 million items of food. Last year alone the Salvation Army received over 70,000 items.

Be generous when the students come to your door for a donation. If you have no cans of food available, they do take money which is used to purchase items. Students collecting more than 200 food items get to participate in setting up the monumental display in the school auditorium. It is a sight to see and you’ll hear more on this later in the Landmark. Collection days are from Dec.3 through Dec. 15.

I have much to be thankful for. Of course, there is my family and friends, my editor Bob and publisher Dan and you, my readers.

Oh, and Howie B. – yes, we will have Nanny’s sweet potatoes, served in her special dish. Some things just shouldn’t be changed. Happy Thanksgiving.