This week is Thanksgiving! Whats a better way to be thankful than to give back? Genuinely being thankful requires that we cease to complain and be thankful for what we have. We can recognize what we have and appreciate it more, when we reflect on those who may not be as fortunate. In a moment all we have can be taken away by some drastic change of events. On the other hand, we can make the world of a difference in someone else's life by donating just a moment of our time and/or resources. Below is a list of volunteer events and some websites that can give you some ideas for servicing your community.
The Salvation Army is always at the forefront during the holiday season.
The ringing of bells outside stores with red buckets signify that the time has come to be generous and giving. You may or not be familiar with Angel Tree. This is a Salvation Army initiative that connects community donors with less fortunate children in the community, by allowing donors to pick an "angel" ( young child, girl or boy), and familiarize themselves with their gender, age, and Christmas list. Donors can then purchase things on the list and drop them off at the local mall. Not only can you become a donor and pick an angel, Salvation Army needs volunteers to help at donation centers.
Think you are just too busy to volunteer any time or too poor to donate any toys or money??? Think again. There are a lot of organizations that make donations on your behalf, just for your participation in regular activities. All you busy parents can teach the meaning of the season to your children. For every letter your children write and you drop it off at Macy's, they will make a $1 donation to the Make - A - Wish foundation. Too easy!!
Below are some national websites and some local websites that will provide you information on volunteering this Season, whether its helping to feed the homeless or donating gently worn clothes. Check it out Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Ohio, and more...