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The Firefighters’ Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts is a wonderful story about firefighters that try to make a Thanksgiving meal on a day when they get many, many calls for help.
Lou volunteers to cook the meal if they others will pick up the food on the grocery list. By the time they get the food at 9:00 a.m. they get their first call.
They return to melted ice cream and a messy floor apparently they didn’t have time to put the food away.
Each time they seem to get ahead on the meal the alarm sounds and they are off again.
When they return, they get their equipment ready for the next emergency and try to work on the meal again.
During one of the fires Lou is hurt and is taken to the hospital. The firefighters return to the station without Lou and to an unfinished meal. They call their families and get ready for the next emergency without hope a Thanksgiving meal.
Something amazing happens while the firefighters answer on last call. Friends, neighbors, people they have helped arrive and set up a meal for them. They leave them a note saying they are thankful for all they do!
Some of that wonderful meal goes to the hospital to be shared with Lou.
This is an amazing book. Much of the story is told in vivid illustrations by Terry Widener. Terry does a wonderful job complementing Marybeth Boelts words by drawing you into the action and events.
The message of giving back to those that have helped you is truly inspirational. It left us wanting to help people that have helped us and our community.
What did we do?
I am not much of a baker, but JDaniel loves to bake. We went to the store and selected the frozen sugar cookie dough for the firemen that work at the fire station near JDaniel’s our house.
Created a Turkey Treat Bag
We worked together to make turkey treat bags to deliver the cookies in.
Delivered the Cookies
Our local fireman was excited about receiving the cookies.