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Putting the “giving” in “Thanksgiving”

The past few Thanksgivings have had a common theme: We should go do something. There are many reasons for the volunteering on that day. One, less time with family. Oh! No, she didn’t! Yes. Yes, I did. Also, it’s a day a lot of people have off so it’s easier to coordinate a family volunteer day.

Are you still judging me about spending less time with family? Fine fine fine. Moving along while you judge.

Recently, I visited the local volunteer expo and saw many ideas for “giving” on a holiday.

Volunteering for Thanksgiving

I’m sure not just my local Salvation Army is doing this.  Right?


I contacted Blue Bird Gap Farm, a local city-run farm, and asked about a volunteer day there. They’ll take any help they can get. So, that’s what I’m doing! I’m gathering up those with good backs and helping out there. I was told they can use help painting and winterizing. That sounds perfect.

These are just two ideas. Maybe there’s a soup kitchen or a place doing a meal in your area that can use help. Maybe there’s a shelter that could use help painting or cleaning. Something that all ages of the family can help with, to put the “giving” in “Thanksgiving.”

What do you do for Thanksgiving? What about winter break?


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