My Thanksgiving this year was awesome! I really had a fulfilling day. My mother started her cooking on Wednesday morning. I always tell her how good and yummy her food tastes. Throughout the day she let me taste test all the food. By the time 4 P.M. rolled around, my stomach was full, so I already ate dinner. This year my mom changed it up some. She made turkey wings, rice, gravy, collard greens and her homemade cranberry sauce. This year we enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night. We all sat at the table and shared with each other what we were thankful for.
I am always thankful that God gave me another day on this earth. I am thankful that I have family that shows me love all the time. I am thankful for the abilities that I do have and plan to make the best out of my life.
On Thanksgiving morning, my mom, sister and aunt volunteered with Hosea Feed the Homeless (Hosea Helps program) by serving the less fortunate Thanksgiving meals.
Hosea Helps, is a nonprofit started by the late Rev. Hosea L. Williams. He was a Civil Rights icon and field general to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He hosted a Thanksgiving meal in 1971 to show respect to Atlanta’s homeless population. It is now one of the biggest and most well-known organizations in Atlanta. Hosea Helps is on the front lines when feeding the homeless and assisting the working poor and homeless. The program is now under the leadership of Rev. Hosea’s daughter, Minister Elisabeth and her husband, Minister Afemo Omilami. They are also doing a great job with keeping the children informed about the leaders who came before them and encourage the kids to always do research to find out more our Civil Rights leaders.
I also volunteered with the children’s program under my very own nonprofit company called Officer Morgan’s Safety Program Inc. I talked to the kids about being safe by giving them multiple tips and ways to keep themselves out of harm’s way. They love to see me and it never fails for them to ask me to put my lights and sirens on that are attached to my Quantum® iLevel® power wheelchair. Every year I am asked by the head of music ministry, Ms. Janice Reed, to make an appearance for the youth program. I am so proud to say that I have a hand in helping our community and being a part of another great opportunity to serve.
Now, can you believe that I still had a full day ahead of me? We spent hours volunteering from the early morning until 2 P.M. I continued my day with my dad and had so much fun. His food is the best! I pigged out all day and snacked at night. My mom would have never let me get that loose with food but, my dad spoils me! When I asked my dad what he was thankful for, he said, “I’m thankful that I had a chance to feel what unconditional love feels like in the flesh, when you were born.” then a tear came in his eyes. He is the hardest sensitive man I know.
About Morgan Steward: Morgan is an honorary police officer for the Covington Georgia Police Department. He lives with his mother, father and two siblings. He is an active member in his community and enjoys helping others. Click here to learn more about Morgan.