4 Simple Ways to Give Back This Thanksgiving

Everyone has a reason to give thanks, and while we should count our blessings every day, one of the traditions of Thanksgiving is to reflect on what we are thankful for. It is a day where family and friends unite, and perhaps one of the only times of the year where we come together around the table. Not only is it a time to think about all we have to be grateful for, but it is also a time to find ways to give back.

With Thanksgiving around the corner how about showing your appreciation in a more meaningful way? By volunteering, donating, and spreading kindness, you can make a difference.

Thousands of New Yorkers will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday in search of a warm meal. So this year, take some time out of your hectic life, to give to others who may not share the same luxuries.

While a full belly at the end of your celebration will certainly be satisfying, it will be nothing compared to how full your heart will feel if you take on a few of these projects this year.

Here are 4 simple ways that may inspire you to give back: 

1.      Consider a charity allowance

Beginning at a young age, it is important for parents to instill the value of giving back to others in their kids. Having kids collect weekly allowances that will then go directly to a charity of their choice is a great way to teach kids about gratitude. 

2.      Read up on local charitable opportunities

These are just a few local charity organizations in New York,

The Yorkville Common Pantry, located on 8th East 109 Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, has been helping hungry New Yorkers for more than three decades. This Thanksgiving, the Yorkville Common Pantry, that usually serves dinner to over 350 people, will be serving healthy, home-cooked meals.

For more information:  http://www.nycommonpantry.org/

Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to elderly New Yorkers in need. This charity funds 33 community-based agencies, and help elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. With just a little of your time you can help nourish an elderly person with a wholesome meal and the joy of your presence. 

For more information: http://www.citymeals.org/

God’s Love We Deliver is a charity that transports baskets of food to more than 1,500 home bound New Yorkers. The baskets include snacks, drinks, sweets, and even three-course meals. All you need is a car and some knowledge of the New York City streets in order to help.

For more information: https://www.glwd.org/

New York Cares is a charity that provides New Yorkers with an abundance of different programs. For instance, they provide food to local New York senior citizen centers; the charity also helps by bagging and distributing food to local community centers.

For more information: http://www.newyorkcares.org/

3.      Find ways to support our troops

Choose an organization that sends care packages filled with cards from caring Americans across the United States. Letters and drawings are often displayed and shared proudly by troops stationed abroad, far away from their own families. During the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, showing troops recognition, love, and appreciation for what they do mean a lot for many of them.

4.      Embrace “Giving Tuesdays”

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, small business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, take Tuesday off from your looming holiday to-do list, and help raise funds and awareness for a charitable cause dear to your heart. Whether it is donating money to a non-profit organization, volunteering at a local charity, or spreading awareness via social media, your efforts can embrace the true spirit of the holiday.