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 were held in Xenia and Columbus. Registration was free, but required.
2022 Southwest Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 12, 2022
From 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Emerge Banquet Center, 2960 West Enon Road, Xenia OH 45385
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*This event was made possible due to support from local churches, the Emerge Emancipation Program, the Dave Thomas Foundation, My Very Own Blanket, Zachary Super and Midwestern Plumbing Services.
2022 Central Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 20, 2022
From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit Campus
8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
*Link to additional photos
*This event was made possible due to support from Reynoldsburg City Schools, the Leo Club, the Dave Thomas Foundation, the Tzedakah Collective, Beth Tikvah’s Sisterhood, Randi Lewis, the Junior League of Columbus, Bethany Workman, Cieria Ramon, Andi Atwood and Cece Norwood.
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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