My daughter E had her first turkey when she was in preschool. Her class was learning about Thanksgiving, coloring pictures of turkeys and folding paper into pilgrims’ hats, and her father and I decided to start a family tradition so that when it was time for her to stand up and tell the class about her Thanksgiving dinner, she would have something to share. So we got our first turkey. Her name was Serendipity, and we adopted her from Farm Sanctuary.
Serendipity* arrived a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving in the form of an adoption certificate and a photo. E was somewhat disappointed not to receive an actual live turkey in the mail, but she was glad to have Serendipity’s photo and proudly carried it with her to school to show all the other kids her Thanksgiving turkey, which, still having feathers and a head, looked much nicer than theirs. On Thanksgiving day, Serendipity’s photo had a place of honor at the dinner table, somewhere between the sweet potato casserole and the mushroom dressing.
We’ve been loyal supporters of Farm Sanctuary ever since. Though we don’t always adopt a turkey, each year we are happy to donate whatever we can to support the animals it rescues as well as its educational programs. If I don’t watch her carefully, E has even been known to stick a $5 bill into an envelope with no return address and send it off to F.S. with instructions to buy a treat for a certain animal. (My dire warnings about cash sent through the mail have no effect.)
This year my family and I are asking you to help, too. The annual Walk for Farm Animals helps fund Farm Sanctuary’s education and advocacy efforts, so that more children like E can learn about the realities of factory farming and have the opportunity to support more compassionate treatment of animals. Please make a pledge of support for farm animals in need by making a donation. Every little bit helps.