Orrin is Excited! He walked in the Brigham Young University Idaho Commencement Services

Dub, Orrin's loving dog attended the Commencement Services.  He is patient and calm, even in all the commotion.

Dub, Orrin’s loving service dog attended the Commencement Services. He is patient and calm, even in all the commotion.

President Kim B. Clark congratulates Orrin David Herterich personally for receiving his Bachelors Degree thru the "Pathway" program of Brigham Young University Idaho.

President Kim B. Clark congratulates Orrin David Herterich personally for receiving his Bachelors Degree thru the “Pathway” program of Brigham Young University Idaho.

Orrin David Herterich and Kara his wife, celebrate at the Brigham Young University Idaho Commencement ceremonies of December 19, 2014 in Rexburg, Idaho. After completing two more classes Orrin will officially be a graduate and become a BYU I alumni.

Orrin David Herterich and Kara his wife, celebrate at the Brigham Young University Idaho Commencement Services of December 19, 2014 in Rexburg, Idaho. After completing two more classes Orrin will officially be a graduate and become a BYU I alumni.

As a light snow began to fall, we got the one picture Orrin really wanted. This was his first time seeing for in the campus of the University He will be an alumni from. Thanks to technology and ask his hard work.

As a light snow began to fall, we got the one picture Orrin really wanted. A picture in front of the entrance to Brigham Young University Idaho.  This was his first time setting foot on the campus of the University  he will be an alumni from. Thanks to technology and ask his hard work.

 

Orrin David Herterich is congratulated by Elder W. Craig Zwick at the Brigham Young University Idaho Commencement ceremonies December 19, 2014 in Rexburg, Idaho. He is proud Orrin David Herterich is one of the 51 online students who progressed thru the Pathway program for their degree. There were several thousand graduates, and very few online graduates.

Orrin David Herterich is congratulated by Elder W. Craig Zwick at the Brigham Young University Idaho Commencement services December 19, 2014 in Rexburg, Idaho. He is proud Orrin David Herterich is one of the 51 online students who progressed thru the Pathway program for their degree.There were several thousand graduates and only a few online graduates.

20141219_212211 It was a very exciting evening December 19, 2014. Orrin David Herterich and Kara his wife and Dub his service dog all arrived in Salt Lake City very late Thursday night from Virginia. Then on Friday drove to Rexburg Idaho. Mom, Dad, Orrin and Kara met Orrin’s older brother Jeremiah and his wife Alicia there. The evening began with a wonderful Commencement Service in the BYU-Idaho Center. Inspiring remarks from President Kim B. Clark and Elder W. Craig Zwick, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. The service also included some beautiful musical numbers from the BYU-Idaho University Choir. After the service, we walked to the Hart Auditorium for the Convocation Ceremonies where Orrin David Herterich was personally congratulated for being one of the 51 online students receiving his Bachelors Degree. Several thousand students graduated that night. President Clark and Elder Zwick both told Orrin personally how proud they were of him, having begun in the new “Pathway” program, introduced recently at the Brigham Young University Idaho degree programs. (Quoting from the website) “The Pathway program was designed to give students the confidence and skills needed to succeed in college, Pathway is a low-cost educational opportunity that combines online courses with local gatherings. Students earn college credit that is eligible for transfer to BYU-Idaho and other universities. The program takes three semesters, or one year, to complete and can lead to professional certificates and degrees”. Orrin was very speedy completing his degree. An entire year was taken to complete the Pathway program which transitioned him into BYU I online schooling. After the last two classes which he will complete in April he will be completely done and graduated. He began in August 2012 and will be completed in April 2015. He was able to finish so quickly because he took the maximum credits possible while working part time. During the semester last fall in 2013, Orrin took 20 credits and got straight  A’s. A surprise Christmas gift to mom and dad.

Orrin and Kara have moved from California to Virginia

THANKSGIVING FOR ALL  is no longer supplying turkeys to food pantries, as a non profit. We miss working with all the wonderful food pantries we have assisted in the past. The exciting newest information is that Orrin and Kara are beginning a new chapter in their lives.

They have moved to Virginia where Kara, Orrin’s wonderful wife, has begun working as a Respiratory Therapist. Kara graduated the top of her class in February 2014 in Ontario, CA. Orrin walked in the Commencement ceremonies at  Brigham Young University Idaho on December 19, 2014. He has been working on completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communications, participating in their online program “Pathway” https://pathway.lds.org/. They are enjoying this new experience, but as the Thanksgiving season drew near they  missed the excitement of THANKSGIVING FOR ALL and the opportunity of helping  people.

The END has come… 13 years and we loved every minute!

“THANKSGIVING FOR ALL”

WE ARE SAD TO SAY THE END HAS COME

 13 years of supporting small food pantries,

but all good things sometimes end, and we must say goodbye to this adventure

180,000 servings of Turkey have been provided since November 2000

We send special thanks to all who have donated over the years. Over 180,000 servings of turkey have been served since November 2000. We were excited last year to announce that Orrin David Herterich got married and his new wife Kara is the love of his life. Together with their dog Dub, they are a busy little family. Kara will soon graduate from Respiratory Therapy school and become a Respiratory Therapist. Orrin is finishing up and will graduate from BYU Idaho in the near future.

We are grateful for your support these past 13 years as we coordinated with small food pantries and organizations in the Inland Empire that depend on the turkeys provided by us with donations from you.

We are sad to say we will no longer be providing Turkeys.  We have enjoyed this experience and the many people who have helped make it possible for families to have turkey at Thanksgiving. Orrin never imagined back in 2000 all the people who would believe in him and support him. With the busy life he has now, he is no longer able to keep this non profit going. He has tried to enlist help from others to serve on his board, but it seems everyone is busy.

It is a sad day to have to close this chapter in our lives. We are looking forward to new opportunities as we serve our community and others in other ways.

with heavy hearts, “THE THANKSGIVING FOR ALL TEAM”

Orrin got Married! Kara joins the family and the “THANKSGIVING FOR ALL” team

Thanks to Stater Bros. Markets for supporting us since the very Beginning!

Jack Brown, CEO Stater Bros. Markets requested a special private meeting with Orrin pledging increased support from Stater Bros. Markets in 2002. Orrin bought his first turkey from store #119 in Hemet with money he raised in one night of phone calls to friends and family

 

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians helping since 2002!

 

Special Thanks to Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

Pechanga Indian Reservation Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians has helped our organization for many years

Janelle Goodin joins THANKSGIVING FOR ALL as Jr. TEAM Leader

Hi my name is Janelle Goodin, I am seventeen years old. I first met Orrin when he was my Sunday school teacher a couple years ago.  I am grateful to Orrin for all he has done and for being Christ like, and loving for others. He wants to help others. I am impressed how amazing this organization is.

I know his life is very busy right now, because of him and what he has done; I want to take this opportunity to help our community and to help people. I want to help THANKSGIVING FOR ALL.  I want to help people because they help me in many ways. I especially want to help kids and kids with special needs.

l have lived in Murrieta my whole life. I am homeschooled.  I come from a large family. There are five kids in my family including me. My mom and dad adopted me; they have always been there for me throughout my life, and also my sisters and my brother.

I was born very premature.   I weighed one pound eight ounces.  I was very lucky to be born at the Loma Linda children’s hospital.  While I was there the doctors told my parents  that I would never be able to talk, walk , sit up , hold my head up or eat  and that I would also be blind and deaf.  After a lot of prayers and hard work and many months I was able to go home weighing four pounds. Later that year I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I am so thankful I am able to walk, talk, sit up, hear and see.  And most everything I need to do. But, I just do it in a different way. Because I have cerebral palsy I might not be able to get a job right away. There are a lot of goals I have made for myself. I would like to go to college. I want to be able to help others. I want to help this organization for a very long time, and as Jr. Team Member leader I can.

Thank you for giving me this chance to help, Janelle   

Thank You Morongo Band of Mission Indians

“Turkey Blessings”

PRESS RELEASE

November 2008 & 2009

After sending out a plea for help, Thanksgiving For All received a fantastic last minute donation from the “Morongo Band of Mission Indians.” Not only did we receive the original donation of turkeys the Tribe provided,  but additional turkeys as well! What a wonderful blessing. This donation will help so many who were otherwise not going to receive a turkey this year.

The 2007 Turkey Miracle

Just a few days before Thanksgiving, we got a phone call from Central County United Way. They told me to immediately contact Soboba Casino in San Jacinto. The Casino had a bunch of frozen turkeys and wanted to donate them. We rented a huge truck, loaded the turkeys and delivered them to VNW Circle of Care in Temecula. Circle of Care was in great need of turkeys that year. Their operation had no turkeys and was going to cancel their Thanksgiving Basket pass out. It was a miracle – a once in a lifetime thing. A Soboba Casino employee mentioned that this will probably not happen again.

Because of Soboba Casino’s generous donation to Thanksgiving For All, we were part of the miracle. VNW Circle of Care, serving nearly 800 families in the Inland Empire, was able to get everything else together and pass out Thanksgiving food baskets, complete with turkey!

Last Minute turkey donations

Turkey donations from Soboba Casino