November News from Americans Helping Americans® Turkeys for Thanksgiving, Digital Divide Update, Giving Tuesday, and more!

Turkeys on the Tables for Thousands on Thanksgiving in Appalachia

At an average of 15 pounds each, the 2,120 turkeys that will be on the dining room tables of 2,120 families in rural Appalachian Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia will make for a happy Thanksgiving Day! Thanks to our supporters, 31,800 children, parents and grandparents will be sitting down with their loved ones and sharing a festive holiday meal this Thursday.

These people represent thousands of our fellow Americans who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. They are currently living in some of the most distressed regions of our country, yet they have called these places "home" their entire lives.

This Thanksgiving, these families will not be forced to choose whether to spend their entire weekly food budget on one meal, be late on their utility bill payment and risk being disconnected. Instead, they will be able to celebrate the holiday as it was meant to be – surrounded by family and friends and counting their blessings, all thanks to people like you.

Bridging the Digital Divide One Family at a Time in Rural Kentucky

Right now, there are hundreds of students at Beattyville Elementary School who are hoping that their dream of having a desktop computer in their home (with broadband internet access, of course) for Christmas will come true.

Once again, thanks to our supporters, we have been able to “bridge the digital divide” for more than 50 students at the school, along with their school-age siblings and parents, for another year.

Working with our partner there in rural Appalachian Kentucky, the Lee County Family Resource Center, at least 30 students will be selected to receive an all-in-one computer with age-appropriate software enabling them to do their homework online at home – something they are unable to do today.

Marsha & Dyanne: Our Partners in West Virginia Making a Big Difference in the Lives of Thousands

Marsha Timpson and Dyanne Spriggs became best friends in elementary school while growing up in rural West Virginia. Today, not only have they remained best friends and continued living in their hometown; as co-executive directors of Big Creek People in Action, they are dedicated to serving the people most in need in the community they love.

While Marsha and Dyanne may not accurately be described as being two peas in a pod, they share the same mission of providing a high quality after-school program for dozens of elementary school children, ensuring that elderly and disabled local residents can stay in their homes through a home rehabilitation program which repairs leaking roofs and installs handicap ramps, and much more.

At Americans Helping Americans® we would never presume to tell this dynamic duo what the needs are in their community. But, as we have done for nearly 30 years, we rely on them to tell us what their greatest needs are, and together work to address those needs and help build a better future for the children of McDowell County, and a better life for its senior citizens who want only to continue to be able live simply in the home they love.

And we commend Marsha and Dyanne for devoting their lives to doing just that.

Giving Tuesday November 27: Coats4Americans in Appalachia

Giving Tuesday, an internationally-celebrated day when people are encouraged to give to those less fortunate on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, falls on November 27 this year. Working together, we are hoping to supply 4,000 low-income children and adults in need with a heavy coat to keep them warm all winter long. Your gift of any amount will make a BIG difference on this Giving Tuesday! Thank YOU!

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