Hey, Jets Fans! It’s Justine from the Flight Crew. I can’t believe the season is more than half way over and we’re approaching my absolute, favorite time of year!
With the holidays just around the corner and Thanksgiving this week, we should remember to reach out to each other. While football is exciting, traditional and can keep our spirits high, some people must deal with the reality of not having all they need at this time of the year.
Giving back to the community is not foreign to the New York JETS! To keep with the holiday spirit, why not try reaching out this season to your neighbors and community by donating your time and volunteering at a local food pantry or soup kitchen? If every person donated one item of food to their local food pantry (or school/town/store food drive), imagine how many needy families can be reached! Hard times can fall upon anyone at any time. It would be comforting to know that other people are willing to help you get through the rough times. Then, when the rough times are passed, know that you can always "pay it forward."
What about inviting friends or family members that might be struggling a bit to your Thanksgiving Day feast to enjoy a day of turkey and football? What better day is there than that?
We all know our history lessons about the very first Thanksgiving and how it all started, being thankful for what we do have, coming together as family and friends to share a meal and our traditions. I have a dad and three brothers that are crazy football fans. I remember Thanksgiving Day since I was a little girl. I would wake up in the morning with the oh-so-familiar smells of turkey. My mom was in the kitchen, preparing all aspects of the feast ahead, including stuffing, potatoes and all the trimmings.
Meanwhile, my dad and brothers were preparing for a day of football in the back yard tossing a pigskin. They would be warming up for the "Turkeybowl" or in front of the television yelling, "Where are the appetizers?” As my many family relatives started pouring in, more trimmings in tote, I would start to have that warm, excited and peaceful feeling.
As we began to take our seats, my mom would ask us one by one, going around the entire, very long, seemingly endless table, what we were thankful for. (Do you remember the "kids table" at the end of the "adults table”? Well, I was unfairly put there until I was about 15 years old).
Just like I am every day, I am thankful for the health, happiness and support of my huge, loving, Italian family. But this year, I am thankful that on "any given Sunday" I get to do my favorite thing in the world. I’m thankful that I get to dance, perform and cheer for my favorite football team, in front of 80,000 of the best NFL fans in the country! I am truly thankful to be part of such an amazing organization as the New York Jets. I am truly a privileged girl!
That’s my Thanksgiving memory. I would love for ALL to have those same excited and peaceful feelings as I do! So donate, volunteer, befriend one another … and then eat, drink and be merry.
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL Americans! J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!
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