Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on your family and all the blessing that you have. What better way to give thanks for what you have than to share your bounty with others? If you are looking for some ideas for how your family can give back this Thanksgiving, check out these five ideas.
Give Your Time
In these hard economic times, many people who want to give back simply can’t afford to give money or badly needed food items. But, everyone can give their time, no matter how tough their finances are at the moment. Ring the bell for the Salvation Army, volunteer at a soup kitchen, drive for meals on wheels or volunteer your time to visit hospital patients.
Show a Soldier You Care
Soldiers overseas are always in need. Soldiers need a little extra TLC especially during the holiday season when they are far away from their loved ones. Send a care package to a soldier. Many area churches run soldier support groups that collect and assemble care packages for soldiers. You could also go through a bigger group like Any Soldier or Treats for Troops. Brighten a soldier’s holiday by writing them a letter or sending a holiday card. Send a phone card along with the package and help a service member call home for the holidays. You can also donate your old cell phone to a soldier through the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.
Put Together a Thanksgiving Basket
There are numerous church groups, food panties and service organizations that collect turkeys and the trimmings for turkey day food baskets to give to less fortunate families. When you shop for your Thanksgiving feast, buy extra and donate it to help brighten another family’s holiday. You could also volunteer to help put the baskets together or deliver them- all great ways to give back at Thanksgiving.
Deliver Thanksgiving Goodies
Charitable organizations are always in need of people to donate their time and a little gas to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets, meals on wheels or hot Thanksgiving dinners to people who are homebound. Many soup kitchens and food banks offer delivery programs to meet the needs of the homebound, the elderly or people who are ill. Make and deliver some yummy bread or baked goods to an elderly neighbor or a family who may be struggling and give back this Thanksgiving.
Raise Money…And Food Donations
Give back this Thanksgiving by collecting food for a local pantry or holding a bake sale to raise money. There are many deserving organizations that would be grateful to receive the fruits of your labor.