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Recognizing Thanksgiving Heroes with La Brea Bakery

This post is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand on behalf of La Brea Bakery.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the focus on gratitude, fellowship and sharing a meal. The Thanksgiving tradition I enjoy most is planning and preparing the meal alongside my dad but for the last two years various circumstances haven’t allowed for that and I’ve been away from my family on Thanksgiving. While I made the best of it and enjoyed travel and “friendsgiving,” I still felt that twinge of homesickness and feeling like I was missing out. Family traditions are so important.


Spending the last two Thanksgivings away from my family also reminded me of how many people miss the Thanksgiving celebration because they are serving their community.  Their are so many people who work on Thanksgiving…firefighters, doctors, reporters, police, military personnel, restaurant servers, travel industry workers…the list goes on and on.


This Thanksgiving La Brea Bakery is hosting a “Thanksgiving Heroes” Contest on Facebook to recognize all of the people who will be working on Thanksgiving. La Brea will be delivering a full Thanksgiving dinner to 5 heroes.

La Brea Bakery is the leading artisan bread in the United States, and is available in stores across the country. I buy La Brea at my local Harris Teeter and especially love their Toasted Sunflower Honey, Organic Wheat and Rosemary Olive Oil loaves. You can learn more about La Brea Bakery here and here is a short video about the contest.

Here’s how the contest works…


What a wonderful surprise it would be to receive a fully catered Thanksgiving dinner if you were working on Thanksgiving Day. These types of gestures and recognizing service and selflessness are what I love so much about this holiday.

As I prepare for a third year in a row away from my family and a changing family tradition, I will keep these heroes in my heart.

If you want to nominate a #ThanksgivingHero in your life, make your submission by November 15.

CONTEST ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: To submit an entry click the “Thanksgiving Heroes” tab to create your form submission by including: your first and last name; zip code; email address; an essay of 100 words or less telling about your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with and submit at least one photograph showing both you and your family member that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with. Submissions must be received by November 15th 2015. Finalists will be announced November 17th 2015, after which the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites through November 20th 2015.

La_Brea_Bakery_LogoFor more information, or to follow La Brea Bakery, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Have you ever had to work on Thanksgiving or spend the holiday away from your family? How did you feel?

This post is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand on behalf of La Brea Bakery. Thank you for reading and for your support.

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  • emily November 4, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I will be nominating my hero! 🙂

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks November 4, 2015, 5:20 pm

    Love La Brea bakery! I grew up in LA and it always felt like our local artisanal brand of bread.

    I spent several Thanksgivings away from the traditional dinner, like when I studied abroad in college. My family came to visit me though, so it wasn’t like I was lonely!

  • Hilary November 4, 2015, 5:53 pm

    This will be my first Thanksgiving spending it away from my family. I am so lucky that my boyfriend has invited me to spend Thanksgiving with his family, but I am sure I will feel homesick not being around my family this holiday.

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