“Happy Thanksgiving Custom,” from the High Point Review, November 20, 1913
A woman who has an almost old-fashioned faith in Providence keeps what she
calls her “thank offering box.” Into this goes throughout the year, from one
Thanksgiving to the middle of the following November, a sum of money for every
accident escaped, calamity averted, or special joy.
These offerings are not confined to her own escapes but each time some
member of her family bobs up from some threatened woe into the box goes the
money offering of thanks.
Not the same amount is given each time, and rarely rich sums, for the woman
is not rich, but a nice little sum is realized.
This is devoted to giving some one a happy Thanksgiving day. It does not
always go into regular channels. As the woman says—the poor and hospitals are
usually well cared for in holiday seasons.