10 Ways To Give Back This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of year when people get together and stuff themselves at a huge meal but not everybody has that opportunity.

Seniors who are stuck at home, those in the hospital, members of the military on active duty and those who are homeless are some examples of those who might need some extra cheer when the holidays arrive.

You can give back in the following 10 ways to make a difference for somebody this Thanksgiving.

1. Send a Care Package or Write a Note to a Soldier

Photo: Operation Gratitude

Someone in the military would appreciate some type of care package that was delivered to them where they are. If you don’t have direct connections to a soldier, you can use Operation Gratitude to provide an address.

2. Thank a Veteran

It isn’t only those on active duty who would like to receive gratitude, veterans would appreciate it as well. More information is available on the US Department of Veteran Affairs’ website.

3. Donate Nonperishable Food to a Food Bank

Did you buy too much cranberry sauce this year? Why not donate it to a local food bank? Check out this website for a food bank in your local area.

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4. Volunteer with Meals On Wheels

As a volunteer for Meals On Wheels, you would be delivering hot meals to homebound seniors. You can often take care of the delivery process over your lunch break, leaving you enough time to enjoy your own lunch.

More information on how to volunteer is available here.

5. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

You can prepare food, wash dishes and do almost anything in between when you volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Check for one in your local area on this website.

6. Sponsor a Family in Need

Photo: Family-to-Family/Facebook

Family to Family allows you to sponsor a monthly box of groceries for families below the poverty line, refugees and even elderly Holocaust survivors.

7. Host Refugees for Thanksgiving

Airbnb is offering an ‘open homes‘ project so you can host refugees.

8. Run for the Cause in a Turkey Trot

Photo: Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke/US Army/Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Trot races are common in many cities because people want to burn calories before a large meal. You can also benefit charities by being a runner.

9. Visit People in the Hospital or at a Nursing Home

People in the hospital would appreciate a visit on Thanksgiving, as would elderly people in a nursing home. Make somebody’s day by stopping to say hello.

10. Send Items for Those Affected by Disasters

There is no shortage of disasters and people need help. You can choose a charity or send supplies to a local shelter to help those in need.

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