by Katie Grills, Community Relations VISTA
Food is my favorite creative medium. I love the act of cooking it, seeing it grow in the ground, the sensation of eating it, and understanding that it’s the fuel that drives me through my day. I love cooking and baking almost as much as I love organizing volunteers to work in the community.
You could probably guess, then, that I adore the Thanksgiving season.
Theatre Action Project will be partnering with El Buen Samaritano tomorrow morning for their Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Basket Project. El Buen’s lovely staff and volunteers have coordinated a festival day of sharing where they will distribute food for a traditional American Thanksgiving meal to families in need. TAP will provide fun Thanksgiving related crafts for the kids to create at the event ranging from big coloring page murals of community members at El Buen to Popsicle stick framed drawings of what they are thankful for this time of the year. To make everyone happy, there will also be face painting–a perennial crowd pleaser.
While we might not be cooking up food to share tomorrow, we’re certainly assembling a creative smorgasbord of opportunities for the kids and families to bond. TAP extends its thanks to El Buen Samaritano for the chance to work with its families, and for the chance to kick off the holiday season with artistic fun!
I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season, but one thing stands out: the city of Austin. In my year-long tenure, in Austin, as an AmeriCorps*State member, and now as an AmeriCorps VISTA with TAP, I have met truly gracious, concerned citizens who go above and beyond to live a passionate life, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be surrounded by such spirit.