November can be a very busy month.
Whether you’re dealing with planning for the holidays, traveling, work deadlines, final exams, or family chaos, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. But really, November is a great month to set an intention of gratitude and service. Thanksgiving provides us with a perfect template to pause and reflect on what we are grateful for in our own lives. And, once we recognize and count our blessings, pay it forward and find ways to give back to the community.
This Thanksgiving, remember what is important in life. Find gratitude for the joys and blessings in your own life, no matter how busy things get. Then, find ways to give back to the community and improve the lives of people around you!
Creative Ways to Give Back to the Community
- Support your local food bank
One of the greatest ways to give back to the community is through supporting your local food bank. We celebrate Thanksgiving through food, but many in the world, and even in our own communities don’t have enough to eat. Consider donating to your local food bank this month to uplift those that are in need. You can call the food bank and find out what their most pressing needs are, and then next time you are shopping for groceries, grab an extra little bit of what they ask for. This is a small way to make a big difference. You can also consider volunteering at the food bank as they are always looking for an extra hand this time of year!
- Foster an animal
Local animal shelters are always in need of foster families, especially during the Holidays. This time of year, shelters are usually very short staffed, and many animal shelters keep their animals outside in kennels that can get very cold and lonely this time of year. If you have the means, sheltering an animal can be one of the best ways to give back to the community. Not to mention, fostering an animal is a totally rewarding experience! The animals have so much gratitude in their hearts for having a cozy, safe, warm place to stay, and they will likely make your holiday a little sweeter and a lot snugglier.
- Give gifts that give back
In November, we often start thinking of holiday gifts for family and friends. And, let’s face it: many of our family and friends already have everything they need! This year, consider gifts that give back; maybe it’s a charitable donation in their name or honor, or a gift from a company that donates proceeds to a good cause.
- Take lunches to those working during the holidays
While many of us are blessed with time off, not everyone has that luxury. There are many doctors, nurses, first responders, and even some retail workers who work hard, long hours away from their families during the holidays. Bringing them a lunch or some baked goods can make them feel loved and more connected to the community during the holidays.
There are many creative ways to give back to the community during the holidays! Try some of these ideas out and you might just find these are the best holidays yet.