Mr. Event: It’s that Time of Year Again!

Dear Atlas Event Rental Blog Readers,

So, it is that time of year again (in case you had missed it)! It starts with Thanksgiving (and in this case Thanksgiving AND Hanukkah on the same day) and goes all the way to New Year’s. That’s a solid month of celebrating.

It’s also a time that can bring great stress for people. Believe it or not, I wasn’t always the mysterious blog man known as Mr. Event. I had a job once that put me in a position to see how hard the holidays could be for people.

There are many reasons why, but I don’t want to get into them. We all know what they are and I don’t want to get preachy.

But I do want to tell you about a great experience I had going into Thanksgiving.

A friend of mine invited me to go to an event that was being hosted by her church. For the three days before Thanksgiving, thousands of volunteers gather at a local fire station and package over 100,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to distribute to those who don’t have the means , or family, to make them on their own.

I have never been involved with something like this and quite honestly, when my friend told me about it and explained it was her church, I figured that I’d be helping a few other people making some dinners. What it was in reality was nothing short of astonishing.

There were literally thousands of people there. The fire station had been converted into a super-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Production Center. There were hundreds of people cooking thousands of pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Then, there were hundreds of people putting those foods into containers, wrapping them and putting them on refrigerated Mac Trucks. I felt sorry for the people who got washing the dishes duty . . . there were a lot of dishes!

I got assembly duty. For 3 hours I scooped mashed potatoes out of massive containers and put them in smaller containers. It was the best 3 hours I have spent in recent memory.

Again, I’m not going to get preachy, but there was something truly fulfilling about being there. I have been to great events in my life; events where you taste some of the best food in the world and drink the finest beverages conceived by mankind.

But the event that I will remember for the rest of my life is the one where a thousand people got together not to eat dinner, but to make it.

If you’re getting stressed this holiday season, or you’re standing in a long line at the store waiting to buy something for a loved one, think about taking a break from it all. If you have the time, and the desire, find somewhere like what I’ve described and lend a hand. Trust me, you’ll be happy that you did.

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