Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the many ways you might have been blessed – a roof overhead, food on the table, and family and friends. Perhaps you spend the day with generations of relatives and celebrate family traditions and stories of holidays past. But for others, they may be alone, homeless, or without food. Being homeless or hungry is only intensified during Thanksgiving and Christmas. To those who are struggling, even a small donation of time, goods, or money can change someone’s outlook.
Liberty Nation GenZ has compiled a list of just a few ideas and ways to help others.
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, for both your family and friends you participate, and the person on the receiving end of a handmade card and personal visit.
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.