I assume many of you are wrapping up your work as quickly as you can, facing traffic jams and long airport security lines today. No matter what a pain it is to get home, we all seem to deem the Thanksgiving holiday totally worth it. We’re thankful for our family and friends, for what we do have even during these tough economic times, no matter the outcome, we’re happy the election is over, we’re thankful for the big meals we’re going to overindulge in.
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While you look around and think of all you’re thankful for, please remember those in need. In my family, we all bring books to donate to the Bristol Connecticut Boys and Girls Club, an organization that was very close to my late grandparents’ hearts. Why not make helping others a traditional part of your joyous gathering? If you are hosting a group, shoot out a quick text or email letting everyone know you’ll have a big box or two out and ready on Thanksgiving. Have your guests bring things that are most needed this time of year. If you’ll be too exhausted to do a drop off, enlist someone else, or simply pick a charity and collect cash donations.Here are some easy ideas:
Gather non-perishable goods to a local food bank. Simply search “food bank” and your city’s name to find out what they need.
Extra warm coats and/or blankets are needed so much this time of year. Make sure these are in good shape and clean before donating.
For those old towels and blankets that aren’t in such good shape, donate them to an animal shelter.
If you are visiting a loved one in the hospital, give blood while you are there.
Supplies for teachers at a local school. Many school budgets are so stretched that teachers need to bring their own supplies.
Many victims of Hurricane Sandy still need help. If you live close by, Gothamist has a good list of ways you can help with Thanksgiving donations. If you don’t live close by, support The Red Cross. If you know a victim personally, they may not say it, but what they probably need most is cash. Think about taking up a collection for them at Thanksgiving dinner.
Please add any of your own charitable suggestions and giving traditions in the comments section.