One of the greatest things about Thanksgiving is that it gives you the opportunity to slow down, take some deep breaths and think about the people and the things that mean the most to you. Thanksgiving Day ushers in the holiday season, and all of the goodwill and excitement that goes along with it. If you are like most people, you have probably been thinking about ways that you can give back on Thanksgiving Day, but perhaps you are a little short on money. Here are some ideas for you to consider that won’t break the bank.
Spend Time with the Elderly
There are a lot of assisted care facilities, and nursing homes full of residents who would just love to have a visitor or two. If you have children you can purchase some paper, pull out the crayons and let their imaginations go wild creating cards for home residents. Then, place the creations made by your children in a cute box, and hand them out to each resident during your visit. This will show your children the importance of engaging in small acts of kindness, and make the day of an elder who needs a little cheer.
Remember the Troops
It is easy to forget the fact that we have troops who are still serving in countries all over the world. Many of them don’t get any mail during the daily mail call. Organizations like Anysoldier.com connects civilians with troops. Small handmade cards placed in envelopes let our troops know that they are appreciated.
There are many people out there who have no home to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in. There are numerous others who have no family to celebrate the holiday with. So, spend some time serving meals to someone in need at a shelter.
Volunteer to help at an animal Shelter
There are many homeless pets who will spend Thanksgiving at a shelter. Call your local shelter to see if you can volunteer to help them out on Thanksgiving.
Letters of Love
Take a little time to sit down and write personal letters to those who are closest to you. Detail why you are thankful to have them in your life. This is an intimate way of letting your loved ones know how much you appreciate the little things they do for you.
Visit the Sick and Shut In
Go visit church members and neighbors who are sick and shut in. When they are not seen, people tend to become forgotten. Let someone know that they have not been forgotten this year.
Create a Save the Planet Pledge Jar
Decorate a large glass jar and have each family write one thing that they pledge to do until next Thanksgiving to help save the planet. For example, one person may pledge to take shorter showers, whereas another may pledge to conserve energy by turning off the lights when they leave a room.
Needle Craft for Charity
There are a whole lot of hospitals and other groups who need people to donate crocheted and knitted items. You can choose projects like crocheting or knitting butterflies for Hospice, hats for infants in NICU, or caps for cancer patients. Look online for charitable sites in need of handmade items.
Clean Out Your Closet
Kick off your holiday season by cleaning out your closet. Give your articles of clothing or shoes away to a shelter for battered or abused women. November is National Domestic Violence Month, and there is no better way to help someone who may have left their home with only the clothing on their back than to pass along clothing items that you no longer wear.