Thanksgiving is known as a time for family, food and giving, but some people have a different approach to Thanksgiving.
For freshman Juliana McCormick, Thanksgiving is not an important holiday.
“[My family and I have] been going to Hawaii for the past five years over Thanksgiving break,” McCormick said. ”Last year we were in Maui and we went on the Road to Hana.”
McCormick has spent the past few years in Hawaii for Thanksgiving, so she is not accustomed to a normal Thanksgiving dinner.
“We don’t eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” said McCormick.
McCormick used to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with her extended family including cousins, uncles and grandparents. But McCormick doesn’t really miss the feast.
“I hate mashed potatoes, I hate turkey, I hate cranberries. I hate Thanksgiving food,” she said.
Sophomore Gwen Gabie also hasn’t had a traditional Thanksgiving in a while.
“I go for a mission trip with my church where we help orphanages,” said Gabie.
Each year, Gabie looks forward to seeing Lola, a child living at the orphanage where she volunteers.
“It’s like the highlight of my year,” Gabie said.
Even though it is only Gabie’s second year going to Mexico, she has plans to forgo the trip in the future. Gabie does not mind that she misses the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
“[Every year] they give us steak tacos,” said Gabie.
The mission trip leaders have been so inspirational that Gabie now is looking to become a leader, too.
“I know how much the leaders have impacted me, and I want to do the same for somebody else,” said Gabie.
Many Las Lomas students have also volunteered for the local Contra Costa food bank. These students spend their Thanksgiving break reaching out to the less fortunate.
But it is not just Las Lomas students making a difference. Whole Foods, for example, donates food every day to a food bank known as Tota.
“We have a community support day, too, where five percent of sales goes to the Contra Costa food bank,” said Carrie Grimm, an employee in marketing at the Whole Foods in Walnut Creek.
But that is not all Whole Foods does to benefit its community.
“We also give a check every year,” said Grimm. ”This check goes out to the community.”
Whole Foods also collects donations from its customers year-round. During the holidays, the store sometimes has to put out two barrels for collections. In addition, one day a year, the Whole Foods team members sort food at the Contra Costa food bank. The store gives lowers, plants, food and money to the community.
So whether it’s spent lounging on a beach, working for orphanages or helping your local food bank, Thanksgiving is celebrated in many different ways.