“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! On a day bustling with holiday cheer and the spirit of giving, there are some of us spending it in search for food, shelter, and warmth. This includes people we know and people we don’t know. 48 million Americans struggle with hunger everyday.
The good news is that we can help each other not only during the holidays, but all throughout the year as well. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help!
1. Drop off clothing and/or food at local food bank or food pantry
2. Donate Online
If you’re unable to make it to a food bank or don’t live near one, you can make a contribution on Feeding America, where $1 provides 11 meals for families that need it.
Your donation will make a difference.
3. Visit A Retirement or Veterans Home
Retirement and Veterans homes are likely to have some residents who won’t see family members during Thanksgiving. Determine what visiting hours are first, and bring a small gift if you wish — or simply give the gift of good conversation. They will thank you immensely for your visit, however, you will be the one feeling thankful, leaving with a full heart.
4. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
Soup Kitchens receive an increase of volunteers during the holidays, but it’s important to remember that hunger is a year-round problem. Still, most soup kitchens are grateful for the extra volunteers. Call local churches or check out Homeless Shelter Directory to find local shelters, pantries and soup kitchens. 15 million kids struggle with hunger every year.
5. Meals on Wheels