Did you know that 20% of American families have a hard time paying for food? It’s a sad reality that becomes especially apparent during the holidays. For some the biggest worry this Thanksgiving is over cooking the turkey, but for others it’s the fact that they can’t afford a turkey.

In comes the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project. Born out of a blog post in 2011, this non-profit has helped over 1,700  families celebrate Thanksgiving with an evening of food and love – an evening they wouldn’t have otherwise had without help from the project.

Here are just a few testimonials from some of the thousands of families who have been helped:

“There are no words for the relief you have brought to my family. Knowing that there are people in this world who want to bring happiness into the lives of strangers has changed not only my holiday, but my outlook on life. From my family to all of yours, thank you.”

“I wanted to send a note of thanks to you for organizing the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving and for the generosity of your readers. Because of $50 that you sent, our family was able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, Jello salad, and pumpkin pie. It’s not often that we can afford a $50 meal, but thanks to you and your readers, today we could!”

“I can’t even express the emotions running through me! Thanks to the kindness of perfect strangers, I can breath a sigh of relief for the first time in weeks. Thank you to everyone for being so giving and helping those in need! My spirit has been lifted, and my family will pay it forward for sure!!!”

Want to participate in the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project? Make a small, tax-deductible donation to a family in need. A gift of $50 will support a whole family. Donations under $50 will be partnered with other donors. Every dollar counts, so please, give what you can.

Donate here.

Let’s all work together to make this Thanksgiving a memorable one for families in need!

*If you are one of the thousands of families that won’t be able to afford Thanksgiving this year, please apply for help here.