3 Ways to Give Back After Thanksgiving
Your turkey came out perfectly. The mashed potatoes were delightfully creamy. Nobody suspected the apple pie was secretly from Costco. By way of a miracle, Thanksgiving went off without a hitch and all that’s left to do is revel in the sweet comfort of your baggy sweat-pants. If you find yourself amidst the traditions of your annual Thanksgiving, with a pile of leftovers so huge there is no way you can sanely finish them, here are three things you can do post festivities to give back (in the spirit of the holidays).
Share the Bounty
It feels good to share Thanksgiving bounty that you have enjoyed. While food banks won’t accept any leftover food that’s been cooked or prepared (because that would be a safety concern), they will gladly accept items like boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, dry macaroni, cranberry sauce and canned pumpkin. To learn more, visit FoodPantries.org or Feeding America to find a local food pantry near you. In addition to food donation, you can also host your own holiday food drive for the members in your community and drop off what you collect to a shelter near you.
Volunteer At a Homeless Shelter
The holidays bring about a myriad of emotions. Mostly joyous, but for those without the privilege of a warm bed and fresh food, the seasons tidings can often be a struggle to see the excitement in all the festivities. This site is an interactive map that helps partner you with a local homeless shelter in need of volunteers during the holidays. Giving back is a really awesome way to get in touch with the true spirit of the holiday, and even just a few hours on a Saturday afternoon will be very welcome.