Category Archives: Season Of Giving

How to Help In Your Community This Thanksgiving

Help out at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. – Thanksgiving day and just before is going to be very busy in each of these places. Food needs to be collected and donations are usually the main source. If you cannot give your time, how about a donation of vegetables, Turkeys, stuffing, pumpkin pies or anything you can spare. Call ahead or go there in person and ask what they need.
Can you cook? Can you offer time to cut vegetables, cook a turkey, make tea?

The preparation is just as important for volunteers as to getting the Turkey dinner on the table. If you cannot help with the preparations, how about a few hours to set up tables, greet people as they come in, walk around with a water pitcher during dinner or helping clean up after.
To see where you can help out, contact your local Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce and Churches in your area.

Donate to your local food bank – Click Here and enter you zip code to find one near you.

Visit nursing homes, hospitals and veterans associations
Call ahead to find out what specific hours are allowed for you to stop by. Just sitting and talking with someone, to hear their story, share what is going on in your life is very uplifting for both of you. You could also take a small gift like fresh baked cookies or a small bag of treats for the holiday.

Ask around and you are sure to have someone be able to tell you where volunteers are going to help out in your community this Thanksgiving. Get the family involved and share the giving..

Happy Thanksgiving!





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Season of Giving – Help Out Animal Shelters This Holiday Season

You can enjoy this holiday season by giving your time, a money donation, food, treats, blankets and more to your local animal shelter or others across the U.S.

Giving your time gives a pet waiting for adoption, love and attention and brings out their great personality. You could volunteer as much or as little as you want and help out with feeding, bathing and walking dogs or giving attention to a kitten or cat. Not only is this good for the animals, but also good for the volunteer. Read here about the benefits volunteering your time.

Some Animal Shelters are run on funding while others depend on donations. Every bit counts in taking care of the pets from feeding to medical.. See here The Five Ways Animal Shelters Keep Their Doors Open.

If your limited on time and money, you can always drop things to help out like food and water bowls, treats, toys, blankets and more. Go Here for a list of 20 Simple Things to Donate to an Animal Shelter.

If you love to crochet, knit or sew you can help out with the blankets and has been doing this for 10 years… They have as of December 5, 2017, given out over 50,000 handmade blankets to animal shelters across the United States. The blankets even go with the pets once they are adopted to help them feel more comfortable with something familiar in their new home.

You could pick up blankets at yard sales, department store or make them yourself.

For Knitting or Crocheting Go Here for Free Patterns for Blankets and more!

They even have a pattern for a Fleece blanket that requires no sewing… Get that here.

Take the whole family this holiday to volunteer and show the kids how wonderful it is to give.. Who knows, you just might go home with a new furry family member…

Merry Christmas…



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