Those of us who have experienced foster care firsthand know that the holidays can be a painful reminder of lost connections. That’s why ACTION Ohio works with our allies each year to host early Thanksgiving dinners for foster care teens (ages 14+) and alumni (ages 18+).
This annual celebration began in 2007, and has continued ever since. As former foster youth ourselves, we want our brothers and sisters of the system to know that they always have a seat at the table for Thanksgiving.
- Here is a link to a video that captures some of our Thanksgiving Together memories.
- The purpose of this event is captured perfectly in a poem written by Danny Taylor.
In 2022, early Thanksgivings will be held in Xenia and Columbus. Registration is free, but required.
2022 Southwest Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Link to Register
Saturday, November 12, 2022
From 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Emerge Banquet Center, 2690 West Enon Road, Xenia OH 45385
*Associated with the Emerge Emancipation Program
2022 Central Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Link to Register
Sunday, November 20, 2022
From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit Campus
8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
*The entrance to the event will be marked with balloons
The 2021 Thanksgiving was made possible thanks to Reynoldsburg City Schools, the Leo Club, the National Council of Jewish Women: Columbus Section, Junior League of Columbus, My Very Own Blanket, Project PASSION, Andi Atwood, Jenny Stotts, Bethany Murray, Kristin Gilbert, Cece Norwood and Ruth-Ann Jones Thompson.
We welcome, and deeply appreciate our sponsors.
Donations can be sent to our fiscal agent:
Ohio Children’s Alliance
Attn: ACTION Ohio
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 180
Columbus OH 43231
If you wish to make an online donation, please visit this link, and choose Action Ohio.
Ohio Children’s Alliance’s Federal Tax ID #: 34-1168205
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