Twenty Years of Smiles with Family to Family Thanksgiving


Young volunteers help pack the ingredients that make Thanksgiving dinner possible for so many.

Throughout the holidays, celebrations and customs such a preparing a home cooked Thanksgiving meal promote confidence and stability during tough times. Over the past 19 years, Aurora Family Service (AFS) has provided ingredients for more than 58,000 deserving families to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in their home.

You read that right: 58,000 people made Thanksgiving dinner together with the help of Family to Family Thanksgiving.

Celebrate 20 years of giving!

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of Family to Family Thanksgiving and Aurora Family Service is committed to assisting another 3,100 families celebrate the holiday. That’s a lot of big smiles and full bellies!

“When the Board of Directors started this, it was an intentional thought to do something that would strengthen families around the holiday. It really is providing the occasion to gather together, especially at a time of crisis,” explains Jane Pirsig-Anderson, Senior Director of Aurora Family Service.

Who it helps

What’s great about Family to Family Thanksgiving is that your gift is direct and impacts real people. People like Judith, a previous recipient whose taking care of her two grandsons on a limited income.

“I felt so relieved to have this gift of a meal given to my family. My grandsons and I were able to come together around the table and eat a wonderful meal with the food you provided. We were able to share how thankful we are for each other and for people like you. My boys do not have a lot of extras so it was a real treat for them to get such a special meal. I hope you can all imagine the big smile on their faces when they saw that big turkey and bag full of fixings. It made my day just to know someone cared.”

How you can help

If you’ve shopped for your own Thanksgiving dinner, then you know the cost can be quite high.

But when you give to Family to Family Thanksgiving, a donation of just $35 can provide a family with a complete set of groceries, a 12-pound turkey, bread, butter, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, fruit and dessert.

This means that you can have an enormous impact with small gifts:

  • $35 feeds one family
  • $70 feeds two families
  • $105 feeds three families

Give a great Thanksgiving!family-to-family-thanksgiving-20th-anniversary-banner-color-background-narrowTo help Aurora Family Service celebrate 20 years of giving this year, visit our Family to Family Thanksgiving website to get started.

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