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This is How Saints Celebrate Thanksgiving

Posted By Paul Acosta | November 24, 2015
There's no question that this time of year is about much more than just turkey trots, football games, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie (although how amazing is the one in this pic?). It's about showing appreciation for all the good things in your life and for all the people you feel blessed to know, as well as about serving those who are lonely or less fortunate. What's it like to be at Siena around Thanksgiving time?
Siena-Thanksgiving.jpgOne word: Equinox. For starters, for at least ten years, we've had students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni volunteer to help prepare for the Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Equinox is a local nonprofit community organization, and its Thanksgiving dinner—which serves thousands of people—is something everyone in the Capital Region is familiar with. It's the area's largest and longest-running holiday tradition, and we love being a part of it each and every year.

Food drives. In previous years, the Franciscan Center for Service & Advocacy has also sponsored food drives of our own—helping families gather food to prepare their Thanksgiving dinners. Together with student volunteers, we've donated turkeys to partner agencies for their clients and even put together Thanksgiving baskets for agencies.

Open doors. Another big part of our holiday here is embracing our international students. Prior to Thanksgiving, we hold an annual feast for them. And while many of them travel over break, there are quite a few who stick around campus. Members of the Siena community always invite those few to their homes on Thanksgiving. After all, we're all family here. 

Whatever you do on Thursday, we hope you're surrounded by people you love, good food and good laughs. From all of us at Siena, have a happy Thanksgiving!

TOPICS: About Siena, Upstate New York

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