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  • Writer's pictureKayla

Be Thankful This Thanksgiving: Ways to Help Others

November is a time to be thankful for what we have and the people we have around us.

When people think of Thanksgiving; they think of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, food and the time that we're able to get ready for Christmas. Not a lot of people think of the meaning of this holiday.

To be thankful.

We are given may things in this world, but we normally take these things for granted. It's easy to do. We get used to having televisions in our home, systems that will turn our lights on when we tell them to and cars to drive.

We forget that there are people in this world who don't have food, warmth or running water.

Don't feel bad though, no one does this on purpose. We just get caught up in our lives. Our jobs, family, hobbies and friends consume the short time we have throughout the day. It's hard to sit back and think about all of the pleasures one has.

During the month of November, we are reminded to take a step back and look at our lives from a different angle. We are encouraged to look at the glass of water before we drink it and share our good fortune with others who may be less fortunate.

My husband and I plan to do this very thing.

We are cleaning out all the closets of clothing, coats and shoes we do not wear. We will be donating them to the salvation army. This may sound minimalistic to some, but to those who need it..... It may be the difference between being warm or freezing this winter.

If you would like to contribute to others in this giving time of year. Try these options:

  • Volunteer your time at churches, schools or homeless shelters.

  • Donate toys for the Christmas season coming up.

  • Get old clothing, linens and household items together to donate.

  • Make charitable donations.

  • Fundraise for a non-profit organization that can assist those in need.

These are just a few options available to those who are looking to help others. If you are looking to assist in smaller ways, you can do something for friends or family you know are struggling. Pay a bill, donate an old car, take their children out for the day to give them a break or buy them a meal. Sometimes, assisting others with a small gesture is just enough to show you care.

I am wishing you all the best Thanksgiving season!

🧡 Shine Bright, Kayla

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