2020 (Super Virtual) International Thanksgiving Toast


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Today is a day full of mixed emotions. This is a wonderful day filled with gratitude. Now, there is hesitation about who to see, what to do, where to buy …

Many of us have done very little, other than to hope we can survive this healthy pandemic.

As I was thinking about all of these things this morning, my mind was drawn to the annual Thanksgiving International Toast, which has become a tradition in my family, COVID or not. I thought to myself, ‘I’m leaving [very random and isolated] Turkey with my close family (my everyday family), so I try to pretend that this is (somewhat) a simple Thanksgiving. And then I expect to post a photo of my ‘toast’ later in the day.

After that, I found out that the Toast site was “archived” on Facebook because the founder, Geoff Schutte, had voluntarily removed it from Facebook. But what about Toast?!?!

Over the last few days, I’ve been waiting for Geoff to send me a notice about Toast, but nothing has happened. And then this morning, when I found out the site had been archive, I decided to move on …

But then I thought, ‘I don’t want to preach to anyone to gather during a pandemic … ”I just want to immediately families to be able to show it we are still united and undefeated, and we try to show our behavior, but to the extent that we achieve “solidarity”. Unfortunately, I decided not to take action – until the winds blew as much as possible.

So, my close family and I went on a trip to Trotsky, Turkey, to train outdoors with our dogs.

After walking for about 45 minutes, I passed a Lexington Cooperative and heard, “Now!”

The voice I heard was the voice of Geoff Schutte, who took my message about Toast. He told me that the Facebook site would be reactivated and tonight at 7pm we could all upload pictures of our toasts.

What’s especially amazing and timely about seeing Geoff is that I rarely see that guy. We talk via email, but that’s about it. So it is really amazing to meet him on Thanksgiving Day. Obviously, this meeting meant when he shouted … “The toast is on fire!”

For me, I could have thought of a better year or time to take a glass with one or two people … to eat with friends all over the world and share photos.

It’s something I’ve been looking forward to every year and love because it’s so heartfelt. It’s time to think about what we all mean to each other, whether we know each other or not. The tradition of thanksgiving is ‘born in Buffalo’, but at the same time so secular.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and yours. Pick up a glass, take a photo and send it along … it was something we had to do at least once a year.

Send photos of your Thanksgiving toast at 7 p.m. this group has a Facebook page (and / or 2020 events page).


Perhaps this is the year we are farther away than ever – many have been thrown into small congregations and less common jobs. And so it’s probably more timely than ever to raise a glass together today.

This is Thanksgiving time and the 18th translation of the International Thanksgiving toast. Historically, Thai Peace Corps volunteers began doing this in 2003, when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated from home. And while most of us are now closer to our families, the distance will always remain between us and all the people in the world that we care about.

Today, at 19pm EST, please take a moment to thank and share a glass of coffee together.
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving – Geoff


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