By Peggy Sturdivant
I love to watch the Turkey Trot in Ballard on Thanksgiving morning. When it premiered eight years ago there were so few people it wasn’t even obvious that it was organized. Now the runners and walkers pass for over half an hour, wearing feathery tutus and Turkey hats. The best part is that every Turkey Trot T-shirt represents registration money going into the coffers of the Ballard Food Bank.
But I’m usually watching from my porch with a hot cup of coffee waving my cat’s paw, not pounding the streets. This year I’ve learned what I can do before the holiday so that I can watch runners with less guilt, and others can have a turkey in the oven too.
At the end of an exercise class the teacher gave the floor to a man in the corner. “I’m doing my 9th Seattle Basket Brigade,” he said. “We need donations and volunteers, anything you can do to help us so we can put together 300 baskets to deliver to families for Thanksgiving.”More ›