Thanksgiving ― a time for connecting with family, enjoying good food and showing appreciation for all the positive things in your life.
But for many others in the Houston area, this is a time of going without and making sacrifices. In this week’s blog post, we highlight a few opportunities to help those in need this Thanksgiving (or anytime) through service and donations.
Looking to feed homebound seniors in the Greater Houston/Galveston area, Meals on Wheels is looking to raise $65,000 to provide 13,000 meals to seniors in need this Thanksgiving.
You can either give your time (volunteering) or raise money for the organization ― $25 ensures five homebound seniors will receive a meal this Thanksgiving.
This annual event hosted by City Wide Club (also held on Christmas Eve Day) serves thousands of hot, nutritious meals, along with clothing, household items, shoes, blankets, flu shots, toys and more, at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, they served 2.1 million Houstonians! They are currently looking for volunteers as well as donations.
Over the last 19 years, Operation Turkey has delivered Thanksgiving Day meals thanks to 30,000 volunteers. In 2018, the organization delivered more than 60,000 meals in 22 cities and seven states.
This year, they are looking to deliver 75,000 meals, with volunteers during a two-day event, the Turkey Tailgate (cooking and prepping the food) and the Thanksgiving Day delivery!
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If you are looking for other ways to get involved beyond the holiday season, check out the City of Houston’s Volunteer database, which outlines local opportunities for lending a hand.