Giving Thanks and How to Give Back to Your Community
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what we have, but you can also give back to your community.
Thanksgiving is a holiday in which we give thanks for everything we have as privileged Americans, but it can also be a time to give back to our community. While the origins of Thanksgiving come from a morally questionable point in U.S. history, it has evolved into a humbling holiday where we sit with family and enjoy a bountiful feast and give thanks for everything we have. (This is, of course, right before we thrash malls and stores to ironically buy even more things.) But, if you are a humble family you stay in and also give back to the community which has offered you safety and much more. Here are ways you can give back to the community in small, but impactful ways.
- Donate Food
For you, Thanksgiving may be a day in which you stuff your face with more food than you know what to do with. Of thousands of American families, however, it isn’t. Thousands of parents must make the decision between a little extra food or pay the rent. Donate your nonperishables to local food shelters to allow these impoverished families the opportunity to have the Thanksgiving every family deserves.
- Share Your Family
You may know some people who have no plans for Thanksgiving; either due to familial distance, being from out of the country or other personal reasons. Invite them to spend the day with your family to share in this great feast. It may be a small gesture, but it will mean a lot to them. Just make sure to tell your family to set an extra plate for your guest!