A Family for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2014

A news crew in Norfolk, Virginia has made a homeless man a star. Neil Shytles was just being truthful when he told the news crew that he had nobody around, no family and it hurt to be alone.

An extraordinary amount of people from all over America contacted the homeless mission where Neil stays at and the offers of a family and a dinner for Thanksgiving came pouring in. A spokesperson from the Union Mission shelter in Norfolk, said calls came pouring in with offers from people across the United States wanting to be the ones who could give a Thanksgiving to remember to Neil Shytles.

The family that contacted him first is a military family and they truly understand what it means not to be able to have special friends and family with which to share the Holidays. The McLemore’s plan to drive down from their home and share an entire day together because they were feeding him lunch and Thanksgiving dinner, also. He said he was getting a double blessing. 

Linda Jones the spokesperson for the mission said Neal’s Story has helped to put a real face to the homeless of America, commenting “they are human beings just like you and I are”

Neil was offered many blessings because of the interview he even has job offers now. Neil shared that “it was like bam, bam, bam, everything was happening at once” Feel good stories like this are what Thanksgiving is about says Ken Griffin. When people dig into their hearts to create a little more joy, it is always a satisfying, rewarding experience.

Turkey Prices May Go Up This Year

Posted on November 18, 2014

Due to the 2012 drought, from which farmers have not yet fully recovered, the price of feed is high. That spells higher-priced turkey, at least in regard to whole sale prices. 

Turkey production is down by 3 percent, leading to a 16 percent jolt in the wholesale price of the bird. $1.24 per pound may not sound high, but when we are talking about turkey (a traditionally cheap variety of poultry), it is high indeed. 

The good news is that grocery stores often under-price turkey just to get customers into the store in the hopes they will buy something else while there. That could mean that Ray Lane and other turkey consumers won’t feel the pinch of higher turkey prices this Thanksgiving, but we will have to wait and see if that speculative escape hatch materializes. 

Next year, the USDA estimates that turkey production will rise to levels not seen since 2008 and that feed prices will be substantially down. Thus, the turkey pinch will come to an end. 

Turkey is a very lean and healthy meat, tastes delicious, and gives you a week-long food supply. Americans should stop and take a minute to think over making turkey a year-long menu item. It is a shame, after all, to only eat Thanksgiving dinner one time in the whole year! A quarterly turkey feast would do us all good, but a word to the wise- wait till next year when the price goes down.