Thanksgiving is the season of of being thankful of all the things you’ve received. Unfortunately, there are many families who don’t even have the basic necessities. Here’s a few ways on how you can help out:
A lot of places will be cooling down by the time Thanksgiving comes around. Make a goodie bag for a less-fortunate person containing a scarf, hat, gloves/mittens, and thick socks. All of these items can be found at a dollar store! You can also find these items relatively cheap at stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Burlington.
If you can, try to throw in some toiletries as well. Lip balm, a small toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, and baby wipes would help immensely.
Some lightweight, non-perishable food items would definitely be beneficial. Consider including some beef jerky, trail mix, and granola bars. Don't forget to include a refreshing drink as well, maybe some Gatorade or water bottles!
Donate Leftover Thanksgiving Food
There are plenty of places that will take Thanksgiving leftovers. Whether it's canned food that you didn't end up cooking or a surplus of one of your famous Thanksgiving dishes, many organizations are open to donating Thanksgiving dishes to the less fortunate. This post from Honest Cooking features locations that accept your leftovers! Save on Energy has an amazing blog post which features organizations you can donate to, as well as an app where you can arrange a pickup of your leftover food.
Sponsor a Family
Many charities allow you to sponsor a family, where you can buy a dinner to support a family in need. Contact a local food bank or church to see where you can help out!
Donate Your Time
Here’s a list of great websites that feature charities focused on Thanksgiving donations/volunteering (But also operate year-round!) across the country:
DC, Maryland, and Virginia: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7736037
By Autumn Dalton