Thanksgiving is a time for fun and family and maybe a little turkey and football. It’s also a time to count your blessings and to give thanks, and there’s no better way to do it than by passing on some blessings to others.
Everyone has some talent or skill, and chances are you have one that might benefit others. Why not share it by teaching a class in your local community center? You’re not just giving others a one-time gift, you are imparting knowledge and experience that will last someone a lifetime.
Pick an organization to support. Whether it’s a well known charity like the Girl Scouts or the Make-a-Wish Foundation, or a small place like your local food bank, take the opportunity to make a contribution, however small, to someone else’s life.
Because we make such a big deal about holidays in our society, we tend to remember them. A good holiday memory can last a lifetime, so why not make sure others have the chance to experience one? Give some toys, food or decorations to the less fortunate, and make someone’s Thanksgiving or Christmas a little brighter.
People aren’t the only ones who could use a little holiday cheer. Bring some blankets, dog food or pet toys to the animal shelter. In many cases you’re not just giving a holiday memory; you’re giving life.
There are countless other ways to give back, many of them small. Donate blood or give an extra generous tip. Bring treats to the office or write a thank you note to someone who has helped you. Sometimes the best way to give thanks is to give back.