Suggestions for supporting the community during the holiday season
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of year to spend time with family and friends and express gratitude for the gifts we've been given. Unfortunately, there are people who are facing life challenges and who don't have a support system to lean on. This time of year is also an excellent time to find ways to reach out and connect with community members who might be in need.
There are many charities and organizations in the Melbourne area that are always seeking donations, support, and volunteers. If you are looking for a charity to support but don't know where to start, here are a few web sites that contain lists of charities in the Melbourne area. These might be a good place to start your search.
What are some things you can do to show support and give back to the community? Here are just a few suggestions that you can start this holiday season and carry into the future as well!
Volunteer your time
The options for volunteering your time are almost endless. Here are a few to get you thinking about what might be the best one for you.
- Prepare and serve meals at a soup kitchen.
- Spend time with nursing home residents. Some activities you can do together include: take a walk, read, or simply sit and have a conversation.
- Deliver meals to people who are home-bound. Or take Thanksgiving dinner to a local fire or police station or to someone you know who is working a 12-hour shift in a hospital on Thanksgiving.
Even if you are not in the financial position to personally donate to a cause, there are many other ways to gather resources for organizations.
- After getting approval from your supervisor, plan a dress-down day at work and ask anyone who wants to participate to pay $1 or $2 and donate that collection to an organization who helps families in need.
- Organize a food drive at your school or work place to collect non-perishable food items to then donate to a food bank or soup kitchen.
- Rally a group of friends or family members to gather items to donate or to volunteer as a group together.
Thank you notes
Do you have a teacher, co-worker, friend, neighbor, or family member who helped you with a project, challenge, etc. this past year? If so, take time to send a hand-written thank you note. You can mail it or deliver it in person.
Visit Operation Gratitude, and learn how you can write a letter of appreciation to someone serving in the military.
At Harris Casel, we are thankful throughout the entire year for our great staff and superb students. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to their fields of study! Of course, we are also grateful for the ever-present sunny weather, and on Thanksgiving, for delicious turkey! We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a Thanksgiving filled with good food, friends, and family!
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