he holidays are right around the corner, and that means we're all looking forward to a few of our favorite things. On our to-do list: eating delicious food, attending family get-togethers, and helping those in need.
But we may want to rethink the last item.
Looking around to see how we can give back to the community during Thanksgiving is a priority for many. And because of this, soup kitchens are prime spots for eager volunteers to gather. But those who staff kitchens and food banks year-round now say that others should reevaluate volunteering on Thanksgiving itself.
This time of year brings out some of the best life has to offer.
There aren’t many people who don’t, at least, smile when they realize the holiday season is approaching. After all, it’s hard not to like a time of year that centers around fabulous food, fun gatherings, and the chance to finally get decorations out of storage and transform our houses into winter wonderlands.
The list of things we anticipate is long, but spreading cheer is always at the top.
Because it’s such a whirlwind of good times, the holidays tend to put us all in good moods. And it’s only natural we want to make sure our family, friends, and neighbors are feeling as happy as we are. So buying the perfect presents, visiting relatives, and serving our guests the most impressive turkey are all labors of love.
Goodwill is something we don't put limits on.
Once we’re in the spirit of giving to others, it’s hard to stop, and the next step is usually looking around to see who outside our immediate circle needs help. The holidays bring turkey, family, and gifts for many of us — but for some, the season doesn’t bring anything at all. The abundance of it all can act as a reminder that there are people in need out there in the world.
Once we decide to help others, the options are endless.
When the giving bug bites around Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s time to start searching for the best way to help. Thankfully there are lots of ways to go about it. Toy drives, monetary donations, and nursing-home visits are all superb ways of helping out your community.
Helping to feed others is another option, and one that seems particularly fit for Thanksgiving.
Feeding the hungry just makes sense on this holiday centered around food, right? What better time to provide meals and pantry staples to those who need them most? There are more than a few families who won’t get a turkey this year, so if we can make a difference, it feels like we should try our best.