Heart’s Home USA has hosted Thanksgiving dinner at its Brooklyn center each of the past three years. Cheryl M., a dear friend of the organization, was one of this year’s attendees.
“This year my husband Adam and I, along with our special friend Margaret, spent Thanksgiving with the wonderful people of Heart’s Home. About 40 people gathered around the tables to pray, sing, reflect on what we were thankful for, eat and have fun!
Some of the guests were from the projects surrounding the church and also from the nearby Women’s Shelter where the missionaries visit each week. As always with Heart’s Home, there was a profound feeling of God’s love, joy, and complete acceptance and inclusion of everyone present.
What touched me the most however, was the personal experience of my friend Margaret. Margaret is a senior without any family in New York, and has spent her entire life alone and cut off from others, spending holidays by herself with take-out Chinese food. But at Heart’s Home she became alive, filled with the bliss, love and light-hearted fun surrounding her.
After dinner we were divided into groups, and she jumped up to represent her team in playing a word game. She helped write the team song and led an enthusiastic performance. At the end of the evening Margaret repeated over and over how nice everyone was and how this was her best Thanksgiving ever! Seeing our Blessed Mother’s compassion completely wrapped around my friend through the arms of Heart’s Home made this my best Thanksgiving ever.”