Thanksgiving is a time of when we look back over the past year and reflect on our many reasons to be thankful. It is a time of family, friends and food. For most of us it is a time of plenty. Often, many of the blessings we receive originate right in our local communities. Our jobs, our homes, family, church family, memories of fun events and activities - these are all usually participated in or enjoyed right in our back yard. One of the ways we can express our gratitude for these things is to give back to the community in which we live. Read on to discover several community service ideas you can do this year at Thanksgiving.
Visit a Nursing Home
The elderly today are often sent to a local nursing home and left there alone. Many times any family they do have live miles away. Thanksgiving is a hard time for them with memories of past years full of family and friends. Why not visit one of these homes with your family this year? Take some small fall decorations with you and hand them out to the residents. Spend time visiting with them. Call ahead anf find out how to share the Thanks giving meal with them.
Visit a Homeless Shelter
While most of us will eat a huge turkey dinner surrounded by those we love the same is not true for everyone. Many people have no home with a table to even place a turkey on. Most communities have an area homeless shelter. They can always use volunteers to help serve a meal and visit the homeless. You might be surprised to find there are often families with children in these shelters. Call and find out how to how you can help in a Thanksgiving meal. Food and other supplies are needed as is companionship.
Work in a Soup Kitchen
Many community churches and non-profit organizations will run soup kitchens and offer hot meals, especially over the holidays. Call you local chamber office and find out who does this in you area and then offer your services. How rewarding to sit down at your own table knowing you helped someone else to have plenty to eat as well.
Thanksgiving brings us thoughts of the comforts of home, but the holiday exists today thanks to the arrival of the Pilgrims on these shores, and their trip here was a long way from comfortable.
You can create cool turkey crafts that are sure to look fine long after your turkey dinner is done. This 3-D turkey is fun and will make a beautiful centerpiece or a great wall hanging at your Thanksgiving family gathering.