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    Thanksgiving Volunteering Opportunities for the Whole Family

    Thanksgiving Volunteering Opportunities for the Whole Family

    Thanksgiving Volunteering Opportunities for the Whole Family

    Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for what you have and donate your time and energy to help support those who are in need. While these ideas don’t cost a lot, they still go a long way and can help show your kids the importance of giving back and being thankful.

    Clothing Drive

    When the cold and wet weather sets in, some families realize they cannot afford proper winter clothing. Your family can help by participating in a clothing drive. Gently used coats, boots, baby gear, and more can be given new life with a new family. Organizing a drive in your neighborhood is also a great way to meet your neighbors. Put out some hot cider and donuts, meet people, and watch the donations pour in!

    Providing Company

    The holiday season brings great joy, but it can also be a time of loneliness for some. You can help solve this problem by spending time at a local old folk’s home, living facility for developmentally disabled adults, or soup kitchen. Providing pleasant company is probably one of the easiest things you can do, and it goes a long way in brightening the lives of others.

    Create Care Packages

    Because women and men serving in the military don’t always get the opportunity to come home for the holidays, you can help send a slice of home to them by creating military care packages. What goodies will you send to our service-people overseas? It’s up to you and your family! The USO has in-depth instructions for creating care packages or making other types of donations.


    Donate Blood

    Blood banks are always in need of life-saving blood and platelet donations. Although not for the faint of heart, donating blood usually takes under an hour, and you can be sure your blood is going to good use. There are donation centers in all 50 states, and a quick internet search will reveal the one closest to you.

    Turkey Trot

    Finally, the athletically inclined family can participate in a turkey trot. A turkey trot is a charity race that aims to raise money to buy thanksgiving meals for people who cannot afford them.  It’s a fun way to burn off some of those extra holiday calories while doing good. You don’t have to run; you can walk or just cheer on others.

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