Most Americans Spend Holiday Giving

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Despite a struggling economy, a recent survey reveals most Americans will get out and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

A poll conducted by the inspirational Guideposts magazine showed that about 39 percent of Americans will travel for the holiday.

Though that number is lower than usual, the American Automobile Association says about 41 million drivers will hit the road to be with family.

"While there are many apparent financial reasons to stay home this year, Americans in general value holiday travel, and I think that they're going to stick to it as much as possible if they can," Suzanne Cook of the Travel Industry Association said.

Of the 3,400 adults questioned in Guideposts' poll, 24 percent said they would serve food at shelters, and 12 percent would be attending church services.

"When we see these results, showing that nearly 1 in 4 of those who took the poll are serving in shelters, it underscores the fact that many Americans take seriously the meaning and values surrounding Thanksgiving," Anne Simpkinson, online managing editor at Guideposts, said. "Gratitude and thankfulness (is being ) expressed by helping and sharing with others."

Source: CBN News, AAA

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