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Need a Thanksgiving turkey? Win one from LJWorld.com by telling us why you're thankful


Tuesday update
We've selected our winners. Yes, winners (plural). Three more employees at LJWorld.com have donated their turkeys to give away, so we have four winners!

On Twitter


Congrats! We've contacted all four of you via PM, DM and @mention. You have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to pick up your birds. They come frozen, so hurry!

Thanksgiving for many is about food and family (and watching football).

But there is more to the holiday than eating yourself into a food coma. It's a time to remind ourselves about the great things in our lives. The things that we may take for granted because we get too busy or too distracted to realize how good we may have it.

So we want to hear why you're thankful. In return, you could win your Thanksgiving turkey from us. Here's how it works:

On Twitter

  • If you're on Twitter, tweet about what you're thankful for and use the hashtag #ThankfulLawrence.
  • Each tweet counts as a contest entry.
  • You can enter multiple times.
  • Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.

In the comments

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us what you're thankful for.
  • Each comment counts as a contest entry.
  • You can enter multiple times.
  • Comments left on other stories or blog posts do not count as entries.

More details

  • One winner will be drawn at random
  • The winner will be notified via PM, @mention or DM by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23
  • The winner must pick up their Turkey by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at the Lawrence Journal-World news center at 645 New Hampshire.
  • You can enter if you don't live in Lawrence. But if you win, you must be able to pick up your turkey in person by the pickup deadline.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree to let us use your comment or tweet in print on Thanksgiving Day.
  • World Company employees are not eligible to win.

If you're tweeting, make sure you check for your tweets our #ThankfulLawrence widget on the LJWorld.com home page. It will be there through Thanksgiving Day.

The contest starts NOW!


somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that you have not deleted one of my remarks in over a week! Thanks! I would be thankful if you bought me a beer (I am over 21) from Freestate

wmathews 7 years, 1 month ago

Over a week, huh? I must be full of holiday cheer or something.

Sheryl Wiggins 7 years ago

full of something anyway! Just kidding but it was sooooo easy I had to take it, right?

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that I have a job, have a roof over my head, and have a wonderful family! I am thankful that I got a five generation photo with my great grandmother before she passed away on Monday. I am thankful for the 1st amendment and that I have an outlet to vent.

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful knowing that this holiday season my groin will see some action when I go through the airport security (TSA baby)!

hail2oldku 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful that I don't own any form fitting jeans. (And the rest of you should be equally thankful for this fact.)

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that LJWorld posters don't control the real world.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful I am not the turkey they are giving away.

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh, I am thankful that all of those garbage (would have used another word but that would void my post) bands from the 90's have not caught on again. No more Creed/Limp Bizkit/ Blink 182

somedude20 7 years, 1 month ago

and all this time the death panel was ready to take on your case, zut alor!

RoeDapple 7 years, 1 month ago

I hope you live a long, long time Tom! And that I can guard your tombstone so the Left doesn't desecrate it!


shorttrees 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful that my 90-something year old Grandmother survived a serious accident (with broken neck and all) that the trauma team said she would NOT survive. Not even 3 weeks later and she's out of the hospital!

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful nobody has yet posted a rant about why we shouldn't eat a poor defenseless turkey... though "So Tired" got close. ! I mean seriously, have you ever tried tofurkey?

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that Rural Wanderer might wander off...

slowplay 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful that we have one of the most excellent local puplications in the United Staes right here Lawrence. The LJ World is a model of outstanding journalism and integrity. Jounalists such as W. Matthews and the rest of the marvelous crew that work for the LJW should all be comended for their dedication and contributions.

Where do I pick up my turkey?

LogicMan 7 years, 1 month ago

This time of year I am thankful that my species lost its feathers a long time ago.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful for my good health, my family (especially my wife), and my friends. I'd be totally lost if I were missing even one of those things.

slowplay 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, Employees, their family, friends, casual acquaintances, pregnant women, the elderly and children under 10 are not eligible. All material, information and photographs entered into the contest become the property of the Lawrence World Journal and can be used on the website or in any other public or private media as said company should deem desirable. All awards are subject to turkey availability and approval by Tom Shewmon.

Hop2It 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that ...its 5:02.....by..eee...eee

riverdrifter 7 years, 1 month ago

I know I'm prejucided but this cuzzin's post gits a terkey from me. BTW, boy, you are totally deluded if'n you think the spousal unit has forgotten what tomorrow is/was. See.

ps : crappie is best with skin-on fillets, but you knew that, right?

teri pettengill 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful that I have a wonderful family, a safe and warm place to lay my head at night. I am also thankful to have enough food to eat. So if I win this turkey, it will be donated to some one who really needs it!

Romans832 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm thankful for a friend who put up with me being a drama queen, when she had plenty of drama in her own life, which I didn't find out about until later. She should be commended for not slapping me up the side of the head and saying, "Think of someone else besides yourself for once!"

RoeDapple 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad my name isn't Mari . . . . oh, wait . .

No, I'm glad my name isn't SUE!!

Cuz if it was . .

Well, I woulda grew up quick and grew up mean, My fists woulda got hard and my wits got keen, I woulda roamed from town to town to hide my shame. I woulda made a vow to the moon and stars That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars And kill that man who gave me that awful name.

~with apologies to Johnny Cash~

somedude20 7 years ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Bobbi Walls 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful that I have 2 healthy children, and that I am able to spend the holidays with my friends and family.

RoeDapple 7 years, 1 month ago

One winner of a turkey, everyone else gets the "bird"??


bearded_gnome 7 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful to God to be alive … really.

Five years ago when I started posting on LJWorld, I was just about a total shut-in. In the year before, I lived very close to dying. Or, maybe I would have just wound up living in a hospital 24/7 for a long time while awaiting a transplant. My diagnosis was in 2001; five years after diagnosis, people with my condition are dead (about half) or have little or no improvement (35-40%). Death was often my contemplation. My faith was and is a comfort and source of strength. I knew that if I did die, it was also in God’s hands.

At that point I had been seeing a visionary local doctor. This doctor was willing to order something unusual for my treatment, a few years before.

So later in 2004 my condition wasn’t so bleak, part of my body was actually rebuilding itself! The process has continued to this day. My progress is nothing short of miraculous. My body responded to that novel treatment very quickly. Most people who meet me today have no clue that I have come back from such a dying. Though this doctor might not acknowledge the providence of God, I certainly do.

I am thankful for each day I have to live again. It is a gift from God, Who intended that my deadly condition be addressed by this particular doctor. And God created the treatment that –was- unorthodox then; now it is very popular. God also made the way for peace between man and God, repentance and faith in Christ.

Thank God I have this day.

Romans832 7 years ago

Thank you, bearded_gnome, for reminding us that "in Him we live, and move, and have our being." (Acts 17:28) You are a living, breathing miracle. Soli Deo gloria!

bearded_gnome 7 years, 1 month ago

and btw the above describes one of three occasions in the past ten years when specialists (MD's in specialties) have literally saved my life.
... thus, I thank God that Obamacare wasn't in effect then, limiting my access to specialists!

I heard that Tom's tombstone would come equipped with a cable modem!

or ... imagine Tom comes back as ... a zombie? "night of the living Shewmon?" bwhahahahaha bwhahahaha bwhahaha!

number3of5 7 years ago

I am thankful each and every day that I can get up out of bed and move. I am thankful for the day, the night, each and everyone of my brothers and every other thing in this beautiful world.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years ago

I am thankful you don't have to join twitter to enter this contest. I don't want to tweet. Ever...

RoeDapple 7 years ago

I'm thankful every time I wake up. That means I finally got some sleep

not_that_crazy 7 years ago

Thank goodness its Friday...and it is basketballl season.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Romans832 (anonymous) replies …

Thank you, bearded_gnome, for reminding us that "in Him we live, and move, and have our being." (Acts 17:28) You are a living, breathing miracle. Soli Deo gloria!

---You're Welcome Romans832. just don't call me gloria [smirk].

I had recently seen a partner of visionary doc (see above) before posting that. partner wouldn't have ordered that unusual treatment in the beginning.
indeed, It is all to the glory of God.

"living breathing miracle" yes, and I also know God has a wonderful sense of humor.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

none2, about ObamaCare, but someone believing our current system is perfectly fine the way it is is either very naive or just plain selfish. Along the line of my friend's health issues, I am thankful that I live in a state that like a growing number of states is banning smoking in public spaces. Multiple doctors and health care workers that worked his case emphasized that the number one contribution to his coronary heart disease was his smoking - which thankfully he quit.

---didn't say current system is perfect. but flaws are far too great in Obamacare.

plus, maybe your friend should pay much more than taxing the rest of us for his procedure, since his own behaviors most likely made this a necessity. further, politicians' mandating all kinds of coverage plus not limiting medical liability risks/malpractice abuse contributes greatly to your friend's cost.

btw, he could've been a "medical tourist" and had that surgery for less than half the price in a foreign country.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Jessie, RWJ isn't necessarily the most unbiased source. further, your analysis fails to factor the effect of dramatic increases in government mandates for coverage.

if your insurance Jesse is mandated to cover you with a low deductable, and a boatload of preventative stuff, instead of just high deductable/catastrophic care, you're gonna pay, and pay a lot.
and "tort reform" in 38-states is kinda a squishy number.
note that many docs are quitting medicare/medicaid, and yet TX has more docs coming to work there.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

I am thankful to live in the U.S., where we still enjoy wonderful freedoms.
I am thankful for this comment forum where some of those freedoms can be exercised, ... well.

Nick Yoho 7 years ago

I'm thankful to be, and everything that entails

shorttrees 7 years ago

I'm thankful that there are such things as free turkeys being given away! Should be more than one, though. :-(

booyalab 7 years ago

I'm thankful I got a new job after being let go from my last one this summer. The location is great, it's exactly the kind of job I was looking for, and it pays more than I could have hoped for. So I can finally pay off my debt and I'll have money to visit my family, too. (Not for Thanksgiving, though. So a turkey would be nice :) )

shorttrees 7 years ago

I'm thankful all my kids are home for the holiday! A free turkey would feed them for at least a day (they can sure go through the groceries, LOL).

Hope all the LJW staff has a great and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Tandava 7 years ago

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and we should all be thankful for everything that our great country provides for us. Our country provides many more things for us than most people think or could even imagine. Most people take it all for granted. Our country and our American society provides us with the opportunity to choose our own beliefs. It provides us with society itself, a culture, education, a job, money and possessions, a place to live, food, health care, and security, both within our nation and without, freedom, and a playground of diversions in which we may do whatever we want. If you think about it, you will realize that our country even provides us with a name and a personality. The debt to our mother country, like the debt we owe our parents, can probably never really be repaid. It is for all this that I give great thanks.

Bobbi Walls 7 years ago

I am thankful for great friends and family who are helping me get through these tough times!

kernal 7 years ago

I'm just glad I was born in this country, and in these times, no matter how rough it gets.

wmathews 7 years ago

awtee, refresh and check the top of the post. I updated with le winners.

I'm sorry you weren't able to participate. Maybe next time. I'll work up another contest soon.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

congrats Booyalab! that's very cool.

Tandava, great post.

and congratulations to the winners. you'll have to post whether an LJWorld turky seems different from your average turkey. lol.

thanks Whitney for the blog. this is good. it is so important for us to remember our blessings.

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