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November is upon us! I was shocked to see three Christmas commercials in a row and was stunned to see the abundance of Christmas decorations RIGHT next to the Halloween candy. Why are retailers ignoring one of the BEST fall holidays; Thanksgiving!? In my family, Thanksgiving is a time to eat some fantastic food, but more importantly spend time with your family and discuss the many blessings in your life.

I love hosting (although sometimes I may not be the best host, fire anyone?), there is something about preparing a meal for the ones you love that is SO satisfying. It is my love of cooking for others that has motivated me to find ways to give back to my community this Thanksgiving season. Here are some ways for you to make a difference in someone else's life in this season of giving thanks!

  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen/homeless shelter to either provide some food for a thanksgiving meal, or if cooking is not your thing, volunteer to help serve the meal, set tables, give decorations, etc.

  • Consider donating a Thanksgiving meal or a turkey to a family in need. There are many national programs like, Feeding America, which works on the national level to help America's hungry. You can also visit or call your local food bank, which will ensure that the people in your own neighborhood have enough to eat on Thanksgiving day and every other day of the year.

  • Chazz shares a great volunteering idea in this post, "Lots of single troops need a place to eat this Thanksgiving! If you have room at your table, why not consider inviting a service member to be your special guest. I trust you'll enjoy meeting and eating with someone who serves selflessly while defending our country. You'll have the opportunity to make a new friend. We should be thankful for all the ways we can give back and show our appreciation to those who serve."

  • Call your local Meals on Wheels group and offer to drop off turkey dinners to the sick and elderly in your neighborhood.

  • Put together a Thanksgiving care package for a loved one or friend who is deployed. Tara Crooks shares some fabulous care package ideas here.

  • Finally, Get moving! Take part in a charity run or Turkey trot. It is a great way to contribute to a good cause and avoid packing on the holiday pounds! Find one near you. Running/walking not your thing? They always need help passing out t-shirts, race packets and water!

Please share how your family celebrates Thanksgiving and what you do to give thanks!


For more ideas check out these sites:

Ten Ways to Give Back on Thanksgiving
Find Local Volunteering Opportunities