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 to host early Thanksgiving dinners for foster care teens (ages 14+) and alumni (ages 18+).
As former foster youth ourselves, we want our brothers and sisters to know that they always have a seat at our table for Thanksgiving dinner. This annual celebration began in 2007, and has continued ever since.
1.) The 2019 Northeast Ohio Thanksgiving took place in Cleveland on Satuday, November 2nd: (link to photos) This event was held at Saint Ignatius High School. Sponsors included: St. Ignatius High School, Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, Junior League of Greater Cleveland, National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section, Adoption Network Cleveland, Community of Hope, The Purple Project, Bessie’s Angels and My Very Own Blanket.
2.) The 2019 SW Ohio Thanksgiving took place in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 16th (link to photos). The event was held at Junior League of Cincinnati’s Columbia Center. Sponsors included: Junior League of Cincinnati, Peoples Church, Opportunities Knocking, Safe Pastures Transitional Living, and the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative.
3.) The 2019 SE Ohio Thanksgiving took place in Athens on Sunday, Nov. 17th (link to photos). The event was held at the Ohio University’s Grover Center. Sponsors included: Athens County CASA, Athens County Foster Parent Association, Ohio University, Precision Automotive, Kiser’s BBQ, Athens County Children Services and Fairfield County Children Services.
4.) The Central Ohio Thanksgiving took place in Columbus on Sunday, Nov. 24th (link to photos). The event was held at the eStem Academy, 8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Sponsors included: Reynoldsburg City Schools, including the Leo Club, National Council of Jewish Women: Columbus Section, Congregation Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, Covenant Presbyterian, FYAC, CSCC, Andi Atwood, Cloe Cooper, Cece Norwood, IHS, Jaye Turner, Kristin Gilbert, Sean Reilly, Wendy’s, Ashley Williams and Bethany Workman.
We welcome, and deeply appreciate our sponsors and planning partners.
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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