Ways to Give Back During Thanksgiving
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Ways to Give Back During Thanksgiving

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to help improve the lives of others and spread the joy and spirit of the holiday. Amidst all the laughter, joy, and eating that comes with a Thanksgiving celebration is a reminder to be grateful for your friends, family and so much more. In addition to being grateful for all that you have, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to help improve the lives of others and spread the joy and spirit of the holiday. We’ve come up with some ideas to help inspire you and your loved ones to give back this Thanksgiving:

How to Give Back During Thanksgiving

1. Send Letters and Care Packages to Troops

One way to spread the joy of the holiday season is by sending letters to those who aren’t able to be with their loved ones for the holidays. Sending care packages and letters to the troops are not only a great way to tell them that their work is appreciated, it also lets them know they are in our thoughts. If you’re getting together with friends or family for Thanksgiving try setting aside just 15 minutes for everyone to compose a thoughtful and heartfelt note to a soldier. For some inspiration on how to get started try checking Operation Gratitude’s site here.

2. Donate Thanksgiving Ingredients

Being the avid couponer and saver that you are your Thanksgiving meal most likely cost a lot less than an average Thanksgiving meal. One way to give back is to double your purchases. Instead of making one meal or buying only one of the ingredients you need, try doubling it. By doubling what you cook or buy you’ll be able to donate the excess to a local food bank who direly needs your help. By doing this you’ll be providing a holiday meal for those who might otherwise not have one. To find your local food bank see the Feeding America site.

3. Donate Your Time

Not everyone can afford to donate money or food, but donating your time to those in need is just as good. Instead of watching the parade or doing damage on Black Friday, try heading to your local soup kitchen or food bank to serve ¬†your community instead. Another great service option is delivering Thanksgiving meals to those who aren’t able to leave their houses. These activities are just hours out of your day and could make a world of difference to those you’re serving.

Do you plan on giving back during Thanksgiving? Comment below and tell us what you plan on doing!

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