On True Thanks

by Nick Molnar on November 26, 2009

Turkey Trail is a mile and a half stretch of county road between Roosevelt and Miller Roads on the south side of South Bend. It has a mix of modest homes built decades ago, farmland, and expensive newer homes on large lots – the result of a St. Joseph County zoning rule which requires a minimum lot size of 20 acres for residential use on agricultural land.
It’s a manifestation of development trends of the last 50 years with ranch homes on small lots, estates with private ponds and gates, and cornfields all in a row.
Couple that with the fact it’s the only street in the area named after a Thanksgiving Day meal and it’s appropriate enough for a quick holdiday article on our blog. But I have a greater, personal reason to profile Turkey Trail today. Seven years ago my stepbrother, Eric Henry, died in an auto accident on this road.
He was a junior in high school and shortly before the accident had made a commitment to “be more giving.” That intention, fostered by Eric’s family and friends has grown into “Eric’s Promise,” a seasonal donation drive for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. It collects clothing, food and cash donations for people in need each Spring.
If you live in abundance and are looking for a way to express your thanks this holiday season, why not make a donation
http://www.saintvincent-in.org/donate.html
to St. Vincent DePaul or another worthy cause now?
Writing about Eric make me thankful for my sisters, my brothers, and all the sibling-like people in my life. Angie, David, Jeannie, Brad, TJ, Eric, Kristine, Lisa, Dave, Alex, AJ, Melissa, Brian, Vicki, Joe, Todd, Marianne, Kim, Jeff, Misti, and Dan – I’m grateful you are a part of my life.

Turkey Trail is a mile and a half stretch of county road between Roosevelt and Miller Roads on the south side of South Bend. It has a mix of modest homes built decades ago, farmland, and expensive newer homes on large lots – the result of a St. Joseph County zoning rule which requires a minimum lot size of 20 acres for residential use on agricultural land.

It’s a manifestation of development trends of the last 50 years with ranch homes on small lots, estates with private ponds and gates, and cornfields all in a row.

Couple that with the fact it’s the only street in the area named after a Thanksgiving Day meal and it’s appropriate enough for a quick holiday article on our blog. But I have a greater, personal reason to profile Turkey Trail today. Seven years ago my stepbrother, Eric Henry, died in an auto accident on this road.

Eric was a senior in high school and shortly before the accident had made a commitment to “be more giving.” That intention, fostered by Eric’s family and friends has grown into “Eric’s Promise,” a seasonal donation drive for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. It collects clothing, food and cash donations for people in need each Spring.

If you live in abundance and are looking for a way to express your thanks this holiday season, why not make a donation to St. Vincent DePaul or another worthy cause now?

Writing about Eric makes me consciously thankful for my sisters, my brothers, and all the sibling-like people in my life. Angie, David, Jeannie, Brad, TJ, Eric, Kristine, Lisa, Dave, Alex, AJ, Melissa, Brian, Eric, Vicki, Joe, Linda, Terry, Todd, Mary Anne, Kim, Jeff, Misty, and Dan – I’m grateful you are a part of my life.


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