If you will be sitting down to a delicious Thanksgiving meal this holiday season, remember to count your good fortune, as not everyone will be enjoying what you are. The food that we take for granted is something that others may dream of having. During this season of giving, consider donating food or giving your time to help out and feed those who are going without.
Food banks are always looking for Holiday food items. If you made too much food or bought one too many cans of cranberry sauce, bring it to your local food bank. This one action will not only help someone but it will make you feel good as well. Food banks are a located around the country. If you live in Brunswick at our LIVE Golden Isles community or in Jesup at our Village at Sunset Place community, you’ll want to head to Savannah to the America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc. foodbank! Around the Conyers area where our Village at Iris Glen community lies, there are two locations to choose from! In Atlanta, there is the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank— both of which are great organizations! Located in Macon, right near our 3 Warner Robins communities, is the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank— a short drive away from helping somebody out! LIVE Victory Apartment Homes, LIVE Marathon Apartment Homes, and The Village at Holly Park are our 3 communities located in Columbus! Feeding The Valley Food Bank, located in Midland, is just a short drive away for the residents in these communities! If you live at our PROSPER Azalea City community in Valdosta, you’ll be happy to know that the Second Harvest of South Georgia Inc., is right here in Valdosta and ready for your donations! Last but not least, our Augusta communities, The Village at Charlestowne and The Village at Cedar Grove, are also within a short distance of Golden Harvest Food Bank! Not only can you go to drop off food, but you can donate your time as well by volunteering! Seeing the grateful faces of those getting a hot plate for the first time in however long is a feeling that will stay with you for a long time. If you will be traveling this holiday but still want to donate, check out the Feeding America website where you can enter your zip code and the nearest donation locations will be available for you to choose from!
You can take matters into your own hands and pack up some plates of delicious Thanksgiving food, take a drive around the neighborhood, and give it to those who you feel may need it the most. It could be someone who is homeless, someone who is eating alone because they just lost their spouse, a new friend that just moved to the neighborhood, give to anybody who you feel could use some extra magic this holiday season! Speaking of Thanksgiving, are there any Thanksgiving themed runs going on in your area? If so, get your running shoes on and participate! These events are often held in sponsorship of a good cause! This is one healthy way to give back!
Of course, all of these suggestions are not just for Thanksgiving! Christmas is another wonderful opportunity to give. As mentioned you can help your local food back, but you can also donate toys for children whose families may not have the funds to give them anything. Toys For Tots is a great organization to donate and volunteer with! There are plenty of donation sites throughout the state. On their website, there is the option to put in your location so they can direct you to the nearest donation spot in your state where you can donate a toy for a child this Christmas! There are also multiple places around the country to donate any clothes you are not wearing anymore. As winter approaches and the temperatures drop, any warm clothes that you can donate will be much appreciated.
The magic of the holiday season begins with you! Donating food, your time, toys, clothes, etc. is may seem like one small gesture but to someone else, that one gesture could be absolutely life changing. Set aside some time in your busy schedule and think about what you can do to give back. After all, Tis the Season for Giving!