Ever since 2007, Thanksgiving has been a time for Ohio’s current and former foster youth to gather in November for Thanksgiving Together. The event is an opportunity for participants to share their voices, insights, talents, abilities and goals for the future.
Thanksgiving Together welcomes current foster care youth age 14+, and former foster care youth ages 18+ to attend. Youth and alumni are welcome to bring one or more guests.
The purpose of this annual gathering is encapsulated in this quote from a poem by former foster youth Danny Taylor: “I ask myself every day, how can I build on this foundation? I want my brothers and sisters to have it better than me. Come forth, let your plate be stacked… Every time I take a bite, I savor the flavor and think how much better it tastes around everyone.”
In 2022, early Thanksgivings will be held in Xenia and Columbus. Registration is free, but required. (Link to register: https://fosteractionohio.org/thanksgiving-together)
2022 Southwest Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday, November 12, 2022 From 12:30 – 3:00 pm Emerge Banquet Center, 2690 West Enon Road, Xenia OH 45385 *Associated with the Emerge Emancipation Program
2022 Central Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, November 20, 2022 From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit Campus 8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 *The entrance to the event will be marked with balloons
During the event, participants will be able to network, encourage one another, and share their personal recipes for success. They will also learn information about resources to help them succeed. The event includes a raffle and giveaways, including blankets from My Very Own Blanket.
The hope is that participants leave with more than what they came with – including encouragement in their hearts. Below are some examples from cards made by current and former foster youth to encourage one another.