Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with family over a great meal but also to reflect on what you're thankful for. As we think about everything there is to be grateful for in our own lives, it's important to acknowledge that not everyone may be as fortunate.
This Thanksgiving, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," as Mahatma Gandhi said, and lend a helping hand to those in need.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Donate Food: Help a local food pantry stock up on much-needed items that you may have around the kitchen that aren't being used. Many donation centers will be having Thanksgiving drives where you can donate dinner items such as turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. to families in need so they can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones just as you and I. Help a family put a delicious meal on the table this Thursday and donate what you can.
Spread the love: Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor or a family friend who lives alone. Spend time talking with them or helping them around the house. Something as small as a conversation and taking the time to check-in on someone can brighten their day more than you know. Also, pay it forward with random acts of kindness such as paying for the person behind you when stopping for coffee or volunteering your time at a local soup kitchen or food bank. Showing others you care is the greatest gift you could give during the holidays.
Giving Tuesday: Choose an organization near and dear to your heart and contribute to its Giving Tuesday campaign. Recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving before Christmas and the start of the holiday season. To learn more, visit givingtuesday.org.
For more ways you can give back, visit here. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!