3 Ways to Give Back After Thanksgiving

by gabimaudiere | November 29, 2019 | All the Rest, Food & Drink, On Our Radar
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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).

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.

Go For a Trash Walk

While the above two tips require partnering with a local organization, this one you can do completely on your own time. As a great way to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey, try corralling a few friends and family members to go on a trash walk. Pick an area you’ve seen an unfortunate mess of litter, bring a trash bag, and take a walk – picking up all the trash you see along the way. You can even saunter along your favorite trail, keeping an extra pair of gloves in your pack to pick up any trash you see along the way. Making it a point to clean up your surroundings can have a huge impact on the environment and it’s something can do completely on your own time.

Every Little Thing Counts

We hope these three tips helped inspire a new season of giving. And while the above all require an extra bit of effort, there are plenty of other ways that lending a helping hand during the holidays will go a hugely long way. There is no one “right way” to give back, so we encourage you to find something that helps spread good energy to your community. Be it signing up to read at your local library, donating new or gently used toys to a toy-drive, or simply lending a helping hand to your neighbor – every bit of good counts.

If you’re looking for a little extra self-care during the holidays, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Head over to this section of the blog to read more. And don’t forget to tag us on social @WestMarginPress so we can see how you’re giving back this season.