Giving Thanks by Giving Back: How Families Can Make a Difference on Thanksgiving

By Monica Gutos

Volunteers at St. Francis ShelterEvery year, millions of families gather around a beautifully set table with warm plates of delicious food and share what they are most thankful for. But for so many, Thanksgiving is another day without a hot meal or even a place to safely rest their head. This Thanksgiving join together as a family to give to those who are in need of your help.


Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM)
Every Thanksgiving, BEAM assembles baskets of food for those in need. These baskets contain all the typical Thanksgiving foods, minus the turkey. BEAM needs families to donate non-perishable items such as mashed potatoes, canned green beans, dessert mix, packaged cookies, paper napkins and $10 to $15 grocery store gift cards. Families are asked to drop off baskets by Nov. 16.

City Rescue Mission (CRM)
Families interested in volunteering can help out with CRM’s holiday meals, which provide all the delicious holiday dishes for families in need. CRM provides guests with other essential items, such as socks, toiletries, coats, blankets and more in addition to the holiday meal. Families may contact or 904-421-5149 for more information.

Helping local children in need for more than 130 years, Daniel is having a Thanksgiving food drive. Families may put together food items using reusable containers, such as laundry baskets, plastic bins, new waste bins, turkey basting pans or reusable tote bags. Donations must be dropped off by Nov. 13. For more information, contact or call 904-296-1055 ext.… Read the rest

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