Elder with Thanksgiving dinner.

Our Thanksgiving service helps ensure that Thanksgiving is truly a festive day for young and old alike who live on the rural and remote reservations of the Southwest.

In the spirit of the holiday, Program Partners and volunteers take on the responsibility for preparing turkey and trimmings for Elders and their families at community centers in Native American communities. Most of the time, these families would struggle to celebrate Thanksgiving without the help of SWRA.

For homebound Elders and their families, we also provide Thanksgiving food boxes filled with items like a large turkey, vegetables, stuffing, cranberries and that most anticipated of holiday treats, a pumpkin pie. Volunteers then distribute or home-deliver these holiday food boxes, which often involves driving long distances across the roughest of roads.

In the small community of Cibecue, Arizona, for example, SWRA was able to provide much-needed Thanksgiving food boxes for many families. As one happy Cibecue resident put it, "many people drop off things, but this is a first with the turkey and the works!"

Through the Thanksgiving service, generous donors, dedicated Program Partners and their volunteers help ensure a delicious turkey dinner with the trimmings for many thousands of Native American people living in distant and rural communities across Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah. And that’s something to be thankful for!

Service category: Holiday