Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have. It’s also a time to give back to people who are less fortunate.
Eight ways your family can give back this Thanksgiving.
1. Donate to your food bank or local shelter. Food banks could always use your donations. You can donate non-perishable foods and other non-food products like diapers, toothpaste, personal hygiene products and more. If you want, you check with your local food bank to see if they need more of a particular item. Local shelters usually need more blankets and warm clothing like gloves, hats, socks, and scarves etc.
2. You can donate toys and gifts to your local children’s hospital for the playrooms and support groups. The toys should be purchased new.
3. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen where you can help by serving food, cleaning up after the dinner, preparing food or picking up donations. It’s also a good way to get a chance to chat with some of the patrons there as they’ll probably have some great stories to share. You don’t have to wait for holidays to volunteer. Just call ahead of time and see where you can help.
4. Support your troops or soldier with a care package. In your package, send a handwritten letter, hard candies, chips, toiletries, travel size board games, writing paper and pens and whatever else you can think of.
5. Make and share a Thanksgiving dinner with an elderly neighbor or family member who is housebound. It will brighten their day that someone cared enough to be thinking about them.
6. You can donate to an animal shelter, volunteer your services or adopt a pet. You can give old blankets, food, treats, toys, cat litter, grooming items, leashes, food dishes etc.
7. Visit a seniors’ home. They may have some family members who still visit, but there are also seniors who no longer have family around. It can be very lonely. Getting flowers is always special. Contact the seniors’ home and ask if anyone is wanting company. You can also ask if they would like you to bring something up like a magazine or a sweet treat to eat.
8. Your family can sponsor a child in an impoverished country. Your sponsorship can help a child have clean drinking water, a fully belly, an education and health care. You’ll receive a photo and annual updates on how your child is progressing. You can build a relationship by writing letters.
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