Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the many ways you might have been blessed – but not everyone is as fortunate. Many are alone, homeless, or without food.

As the season of giving officially begins, consider these people. Being homeless or hungry is only intensified during Thanksgiving and Christmas for those who are struggling, and even a small donation of time, goods, or money can change someone’s outlook.

Liberty Nation Gen Z  has compiled a list of just a few ideas and ways to help others.

Hospital Visits

The hospital can be a lonely place during the holidays. Organizing a group to make get well cards and letters – and then hand delivering to patients – is a heartwarming gift. Check with local hospitals and veteran’s hospitals to schedule a time.

Adopt a Soldier

Our men and women in the military are many times alone – without their own family – while protecting our country. For a classroom or school club, gathering items – home baked goods, books, music – and assembling care packages to send to a U.S. soldier is good way to show appreciation for their sacrifice.

Organize a Food Drive

An easy and timely idea is to host a food drive. Most families have canned goods at home to readily donate, small funds can be collected for perishable items.

Random Acts of Kindness

Challenge your classmates to commit random acts of kindness throughout the holiday season. It can be as simple as helping an elderly neighbor carry in the groceries, shoveling snow off their walkways – even preparing a hot meal. Leave a loving note, purchase gift cards, spend time visiting those who are alone this Thanksgiving. Or make cookies and deliver to police and fire departments so they know they are appreciated. The end result will be good feelings and perhaps a lifelong desire to help others.

The smallest of gestures may have the biggest impact in someone’s life. Ask your teacher, mom, dad, or other family members how you may be involved in sharing Thanksgiving blessings this season.