Affordable Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/03/2010

Just about everybody is feeling financially stretched this time of year. Even though you may not have much cash to spare, you can still meet the needs of others. Here are some affordable ways to help the less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

Join a Turkey Trot - In between rounds of turkey, stuffing and pie, why not do something healthy? Run a turkey trot in your area that supports a good cause. The Dana Point Turkey Trot supports The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot supports the Y’s programs and health initiatives.

Support the Salvation Army - The Salvation Army helps those in need all over the country by supplying food and meals. Support your local Salvation Army by donating non-perishable food items like canned vegetables, chicken broth, stuffing and evaporated milk.

Donate a Few Dollars - It’s amazing how far some charities can make each dollar go. By donating just $1.76 to Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, a homeless person can have a complete Thanksgiving meal. There are lots of organizations used to making the most out of your donation by providing Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate.

Give Your Time - If you can’t give money, why not give time? Sign up to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a local soup kitchen or ministry. Your turkey will taste so much better when you know you’ve done something to help others.

Give Encouragement - Needy children in Ecuador could use encouragement and for just $1.99 you can give it to them. From now until November 29 design a card for a child in Ecuador. Include a family photo and a translator will write your words in Spanish. Interacting with those in need will make you feel thankful for what you have.

Open Your Home - Most of us know someone struggling financially. Set a place at your table for them this Thanksgiving. Preparing that big meal can be expensive so if you’ve got extra, why not share it with someone in need?

By Alison Storm

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