Thanksgiving tends to get people thinking about others in need. If you’re looking to give back whilst giving thanks, or simply for something to keep you busy in your extra time off, here are a few places where you can lend a hand to those less fortunate.
A first thought that comes to mind for many when considering volunteering is “soup kitchen” so spots can fill up fast. Working with Dallas’ Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, The Stewpot serves up meals 3 times a day, 365 days a year and have plenty of need for volunteers! Sort and pack food for North Texas Food Bank at their new facility located in Plano who, with the help of partner agencies and feeding programs, distribute millions of meals to get us closer to a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.
Holidays are often spent surrounded by loved ones but spare a thought for those without and offer your time to help the young and the old without families. It is sure to bring a smile to their faces and can be incredibly rewarding. Spread holiday cheer to the senior community of Dallas County with The Senior Source who are collecting new, unwrapped items to distribute as holiday gifts on or before December 7. Items can be dropped off at the Senior Source Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm. Or give love, support and comfort to the children in the emergency shelter of Jonathans Place, who, for over the last 25 years has cared for over 4,700 abused, abandoned and neglected children.
How about bringing some story time magic to the children of Child Care Associates? They deliver a wide range of programs and services to boost early childhood development for children in lower-income families and accept volunteers for their One Hour Story Time program. Bring characters to life to 3 – 5 year olds in the small centre in Abram, Arlington. From now until Dec 13.
The Hope Center is also in constant need of volunteers for all kinds of tasks, from sorting clothes to answering phone calls and even data entry. If you’re strapped for time but want to help you can even donate a turkey or “adopt a family” for a simple $25 donation.