Thanksgiving Deadline
Everything must be in by Friday, Nov. 17 for the 23rd edition of Moundville Times. We have to go to press early and will be closed for the week of Nov. 21 – 25 for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Annual Thanksgiving Program

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Greensboro, annual Thanksgiving program will be Thurs., Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Please come and be blessed. Theme: “Oh! Give thanks unto the Lord.” Sponsored by the Pleasant Grove Youth Ministry. Rev. Calvin Johnson is pastor.

 

Home for the Pawlidayz’

Through the Home for the Pawlidayz campaign, Zappos will sponsor free pet adoptions in 80+ cities nationwide including Tuscaloosa at Metro Animal Shelter; 3140 35th St, Tuscaloosa, on Black Friday weekend Nov. 24-26 all in the name of delivering the type of happiness that greets you at the front door. Pawlidayz offers an alternative way to spend the sale-crazed holiday, bringing home the gift of unconditional love while saving two lives: adopter and adoptee. Zappos for Good has sponsored over 18,000 pet adoptions to date and aims to reach the 25,000 mark by the end of this year’s Pawlidayz campaign. Nearby residents can help us reach that goal by visiting Metro Animal Shelter to bring home a new furry family member cost free! To learn more about Pawlidayz or to browse some of the adorable adoptables, visit www.zappos.com/pets.

 

To Beat Hunger, We’re All On the Same Team

By: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

In about three weeks, one of the best rivalries and college sporting events in the nation will take place right here in Alabama: The Iron Bowl.

For decades, fans of the University of Alabama and Auburn University have come together to celebrate this great tradition and to cheer on their team. In a good-natured way, this historic event often pits neighbor against neighbor, co-worker against co-worker, and sometimes even spouse against spouse. On November 25th, when kick-off rolls around, every Alabamian will be called upon to pick a side – Tide or Tigers.

For whatever reason, each of us has our team.

Maybe we pick a team because we went to school there, or maybe we pick a side because we remember our parents taking us for walks around the campus. Maybe we pick the Tide because of our fond memories of a larger-than-life coach in his iconic, houndstooth hat roaming the sidelines. Or, perhaps we yell “War Eagle” because of our connection to gridiron greats like Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.

Each of us have a reason behind which team we will be pulling for in the Iron Bowl, but there is one cause we all can unite around – fighting hunger in Alabama.

According to VOICES for Alabama’s Children, 24 percent of children in our state faced food insecurity in 2015, meaning they were not always sure where their next meal would come from. Alabama is consistently one of the highest giving states in the nation when it comes to supporting the work of charities and non-profits. As we move toward the Thanksgiving season and the Iron Bowl, we have an opportunity to once again show our generosity by coming together to meet the hunger need head-on.

For years, through the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger or the Beat Bama Beat Hunger food drives, the University of Alabama and Auburn University have put aside their rivalries to stand united in raising awareness and donations for those who might be in need of food in our state. This fantastic program underscores that all of us, regardless of our Saturday afternoon allegiances, have more in common than what divides us.

In 2016, these two great college campuses donated 396,044 pounds of food to food banks across Alabama. Can you imagine how much more could be given this year if every Alabamian joined this effort and gave just a few can goods to support their school of choice?

College rivalries in Alabama are second to none, but our willingness to help our fellow citizens in need is just as important to who we are as a state. This year’s Beat Bama/Beat Auburn food drive runs through November 15th, and I hope you will join me in donating to your school of choice, or to your local food bank. You can learn more by visiting http://beatauburnbeathunger.sa.ua.edu or http://beatbamafooddrive.com

In just a few short weeks, the battle lines will be drawn and the eyes of the world will converge on Auburn for the annual Iron Bowl. As Alabama and Auburn battle it out on the football field, fans will cheer on their team of choice and hope for victory; but, until then, let’s cast aside our labels and join together as part of one team. When we unite to beat hunger in Alabama, no one loses, and we all win. To beat hunger, we must all be on the same team.

Hunger in Alabama is beatable, because #TogetherWeCan.

 

Holiday Food Safety

FDA gives simple steps to help ensure that harmful bacteria won’t be a guest at your festivities.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken or Turkey

USDA Food Safety 15 Sec -The only way to know food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.

Three Ways to Avoid a Trip to the ER This Thanksgiving
Emergency Physicians Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season.

“This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday,” said Paul Kivela, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “It is important to take the time to enjoy this special time of year. But, if the need arises, emergency physicians treat patients 24-hours a day, even on holidays, and we will be there for you.”

Follow food safety guidelines. For many people, the most important part of Thanksgiving is a big meal surrounded by friends and loved ones. Mishandling raw meat or other ingredients could transmit harmful bacteria or lead to some very unpleasant stomach pains.

Wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked meat and keep it separate from other foods. Be sure to sanitize any surface that touches raw food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that oven temperatures should be no lower than 325 degrees.

If you have allergies and you did not cook the meal yourself, remember to ask about the ingredients and how food was prepared. And, don’t forget to refrigerate all leftovers within 2 hours. Pace yourself when a big meal is involved, whether you are preparing, eating or cleaning up afterward. If your gathering includes alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation. And of course, do not drink and drive.

Take your time to avoid common injuries. It can be hard not to get caught up in the holiday hustle. Careful planning for meal preparation can help you make sure there is plenty of time to get the job done. Be careful, knife injuries from slicing food are some of the most common Thanksgiving mishaps. Many accidents occur when carving or cutting too quickly.

Accidents or fires can be caused by trying to do too many things at once, exposure to hot liquid or oil splashes. Lifting heavy pots or plates? Bend at the knees and avoid back injuries. Deep frying a turkey can be especially dangerous, especially for novice cooks. Never attempt to deep fry a frozen turkey, it should be completely thawed out first. And, frying a turkey should be done a safe distance away from any flammable structure.

Exercise safely, don’t overdo it. Participating in a traditional Thanksgiving sporting event? If a “Turkey Bowl” or other athletic activity is part of your celebration remember to stretch first and avoid overexertion. Avoid weather-related issues such as hypothermia or frostbite by dressing appropriately for the weather outside. The ER will likely see a spate of holiday-related sprains, muscle tears or other injuries. Especially for those who may not exercise regularly, one way to decrease the likelihood of injury is to play touch football rather than tackle.

Thanksgiving can also be a challenge for those coping with mental health issues. Whether it comes from the pressure to entertain, financial strain, family tension or other issues, stress runs high this time of year. It is important to recognize and treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders with professional help as needed. Better self-care can ward off things that may send you to the ER like panic attacks, complications from alcohol abuse or other emergencies.

“Distractions, multi-tasking and poor decisions make Thanksgiving one of the busier days in many emergency departments. If an emergency does occur, don’t delay a trip to the ER, putting off care might seem convenient at the time but poses serious health risks,” said Dr. Kivela.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

 

Operation Christmas Child

Time to start preparing your supplies for the coming collection season. Every shoebox gift is a powerful tool, transforming the lives of children and their families around the world with, Discipleship and Evangelism. Prayer is also an essential part of this mission. James 5:16 tells us clearly,” The Effective, Fervent Prayer of a Righteous Man Avails much.” Drop Off Location- (Moundville)Community Baptist Church, Havana Junction (Hwy 60); collection dates: Nov. 13 – 18 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 19 2- 4 p.m., Nov. 20 9 am – 12 p.m. If you need more information or supplies to get started, call Ruth LaFoy 205-792-2590.