THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY IS IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILY
Dad and his birthday cake
and my son Matt
Because my Dad's birthday fell near Thanksgiving, our family has always really celebrated Thanksgiving big. As Dad got older, we made it a family reunion almost as important as Christmas.
This year my Dad, who lived to be 100, will not celebrate Thanksgiving with us. He died on October 12th. However, I am thankful that he lived such a full life and died without pain with only a short illness. I am also thankful for what he taught me about living well with faith. He never smoked or drank alcohol and attended church devotedly.
I found this description of Thanksgiving on the internet. I will paste it here for our students to read.
Betty and visiting scholars, Nina Yang Wen 杨闻 and Anna Liu 刘蕴娜 , carving our Thanksgiving turkey
"Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United Statessince 1863. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought.
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. " link to Thanksgiving page.
Cindy Cutts and Rachel Cutts
are great Thanksgiving cooks.
I am also thankful for our daughters-in-laws, Cindy and Rachel, sons, Ross and Matt, grandchildren, Josiah and Ellie, and my husband David Cutts.
I am also thankful for our Chinese Blessing Hands family. I get so many letters of thanksgiving from our Blessing Hands students this time of year. I am glad that they are learning the custom of offering thanks for the blessings they have received. It will always be a day for me to thank God.
We have taken this little one room school to sponsor with school supplies
and extra needs. They are helped by Lexington Chinese Christian Church's
Vacation Bible School and cash jars that we place in Chinese Restaurants. These
Yao minority kids are located in Longfu Township in the County of Du'an in the
Guangxi Province of China. There are about fifty kids in this remote
Wei Senbao also lives in this village. We are still waiting for a doctor's
appointment for him. The latest estimate of the cost of his care
is $31,696 (200,000 yuan). That does not include the travel and other
expenses. This is a fund raising opportunity that will require a lot of us
Linwang students receive textbooks
bought by Blessing Hands
Workbooks and school supplies
Dr. Dai (on the right) from Longfu
Hospital helps Blessing Hands with this project
Fine Print Block
Students in Pubei Available to Sponsors
Song Xiaohong -seven in farm family,
mother sick and father older. Married brother is only
new students in Pubei need $160 a year in tuition to be able to go to high
school. They have tested into the best high school in Pubei and need help to
continue their studies. We can now feature them for you to pick as
Please pick a student to sponsor. Link to give Change a
student's life with just $160.
Su Wenxia - five in farm family, three
students, father ill but works anyway.
Bao Chengzheng - father died April
2012, three in farm family, two in school
Ruan Xueqin - four in farm family,
brother in university with high expenses
Xiang Hanlin - Four in farm family,
sick mother, sister in school also.
Li Chunyi - Five in farm family, three
girls, father out of work.
Ning Xueyu - six in farm family, four
Philippine students enjoy food given by Blessing
These students in the Philippines recently enjoyed food provided by the
Hill Family and Blessing Hands. The Hills have seven boys who enjoy
participating with drama, stories, music and gift giving when the family visits
schools and poor neighborhoods.
The Hill boys got to give school
supplies to the kids.
The kids got school supplies and enjoyed the stories the family told through drama
and songs. Even the little Hill kids got to participate. Their mother was
expecting her eighth child, a girl, but she came along and participated
The Hill boys dramatized their
We have also added more students at An long High School in a Buyi area of
Guizhou Province. They already have sponsors. We are pleased to be helping this
minority group and intend to give four primary schools in this area water
purifiers next summer. East Oldham Middle School personnel will install the
Our next newsletter will feature a new location that we are entering in
Yunnan Province. Blessing Hands is expanding now
to that province. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. You have
changed many lives. It is a pleasure to work with you.
You can send your checks to the address
Betty Cutts Blessing
Hands 106 Timber Lane Morehead, KY
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.