As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is important to remember what Thanksgiving is really all about – showing thanks and love for others.
There is no better way to show your appreciation than to donate your time and volunteer where you can to help out those in need. Whether it is serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, donating clothing and supplies to those in shelters, or volunteering in a Turkey Trot, a small act of kindness goes a long way.
Check out all the ways you can give back in your community this Thanksgiving season:
New York City
The Race To Deliver – the 23rd annual race takes place in Central Park on November 20th as a symbol of our daily race to ensure that no person ever has to face the unthinkable combination of illness and hunger.
God’s Love We Deliver – the leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
West Side Campaign Against Hunger – help provide turkeys and other holiday food for low-income families this holiday season by participating in the Thousand Turkey Challenge.
Feeding NYC – Each year, FeedingNYC hand delivers nearly 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners. Take action & volunteer to contribute to the cause!
New York Cares Coat Drive – donate a coat to ensure every New Yorker has the opportunity to stay warm, healthy, and safe over the winter.
Food Bank for Westchester – help serve over 300 community partners throughout Westchester, including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers, and shelters.
The Ossining Food Pantry – helping over 400 people per week including men, women or children, young or old.
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley – dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food.
Volunteer New York – provides a list of DIY Projects, ongoing drives, and activities happening all around Westchester County in November & December.
Turkey Trots all over the Island – a great way to spend your Thanksgiving morning before being trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook!
Long Island Harvest – providing food and services for people who are hungry, and a voice for people who are in need.
Long Island Cares – brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and provides for the humanitarian needs of our community.
The Brian M. Gill Thanksgiving Food Drive – Consider extending your drive into December by calling it a “Holiday Food Drive.” Anything that comes in after Thanksgiving goes to immediate use in December!
Connecticut Food Bank – help make Thanksgiving special for neighbors who might otherwise face another day without the food they need by donating.
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County – every donation helps to meet our mission to provide food to our local residents.
Helping Hands – for over 30 years now, supporters such have helped those experiencing homelessness find safety, shelter, compassion, support and hope.
No matter how you choose to give back this holiday season, your efforts will not go unnoticed.