Some of us are very blessed to have families, friends, and a roof over our head,and a steady job. However, for many, they are in less fortunate circumstances. While you are enjoying your time with family and friends, eating good food and drinking wine, and laughing and chatting, it is also beneficial to the soul to think of those less fortunate. As they say, “sharing is caring”. For those that would like to do more and help the community, the following are a couple ways that you can do that , and most of them are free – so you don’t have to spend money to have a meaningful Thanksgiving.
Volunteer at your local food bank
Did you know that a nationwide network of food banks gives out more than 3 billion meals each year to communities throughout the United States? Contact your local food bank to find food or to help solve hunger in your community. For more information visit: http://www.feedingamerica.org/
Donate food, time, or money to Meals on Wheels
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest membership organization supporting more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states. Over 2 million volunteers across the USA deliver healthy meals and warm smiles to over 2.5 million seniors.
You can either donate food for the meals, your time distributing the meals to seniors in your area, or money to buy the meals. Or, you can do all three. For more information, visit Meals On Wheels Association of America
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a Child who needs a mentor, friend, or role model
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America target the children who need a mentor, friend or role model, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. The holidays can be hard for children who don’t have stable family structures or consistent care. Donate your time and build a friendship with a child who needs your help. Spend time with a child and make fun Thanksgiving decorations or bake cupcakes or cookies. For more information, visit: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Remember, everyone needs someone this Thanksgiving holiday – whether its family, friends, or strangers in need.