The 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.
The list of things we anticipate is long, but spreading cheer is always at the top.
Goodwill is something we don't put limits on.
Once we decide to help others, the options are endless.
Helping to feed others is another option, and one that seems particularly fit for Thanksgiving.
So we either donate food or look to nearby food banks for volunteering opportunities.
But that might not be help as much as you think.
via: FacebookIt may be our natural instinct to head out and join the ranks of volunteers serving Thanksgiving meals on the holiday itself. But in an article for USA Today, CEO and president of the National Philanthropic Trust Eileen Heisman says that Thanksgiving can be one of the worst days to volunteer because of oversaturation.
A flood of new people means many helpers who are just learning the ropes.
via: FacebookAt first glance, Heisman's sentiments don't seem to make sense, but her explanation clears things up. She says that the turkey-centric holiday is a magnet for many helping hands, but those first-timers are untrained, which can slow down the overall process. Basically, too many cooks in the kitchen doesn't necessarily make it more efficient.
During the rest of the year, it's easy to forget about places that help the hungry.
via: Facebook“If you really want to volunteer, pick any day, but don’t pick Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving," says Heisman. It sounds contradictory to the holiday spirit, but she elaborates that the reason for this is that volunteers are sparse when it comes to the other 363 days in the year. Unfortunately, many of these charitable organizations tend to fall off our radars without turkey-day reminder.