Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, November 19th, 2012
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and there are still families that may not be able to celebrate. Whether it be because they don’t have the financial means, or they don’t have loved ones nearby, you can be the one to help! Here are some of the many organizations in the area that would value your time.
Food and Friends
Hand out Thanksgiving Pies
When: Nov. 20
Capital Area Food Bank
Provide a meal to senior citizens
Many local senior citizens will not be able to have a Thanksgiving meal. Capital Area Food Bank hopes resolve this by providing 3,900 seniors with a Thanksgiving Food Bag through their Brown Bag Program. Help them reach their goal by donating a turkey basket.
Washington DC Jewish Community Center
“Everything but the Turkey”
When: Nov. 21
Want to volunteer in D.C.? Near Dupont Circle, help prepare Thanksgiving dinner to be distributed to homeless shelters and community kitchens. Everyone is welcome including kids under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult.
Thanksgiving Day Friendly Visitors
When: Nov. 22
Visit nursing home residents at Potomac Center Nursing Home for the Thanksgiving holiday and spend one-on-one time with them. This is a special opportunity for some of them as you may be their only guest this year.
Operation Turkey 2012
When: Nov. 20
The delivery time has passed for bringing in donations, but you can still volunteer to help sort food at the SERVE location in Manassas or make a monetary donation.
Shelter House Inc.
Thanksgiving for Shelter House Families
The Shelter House in Herndon has diverse types of families that may not all celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. Your help is still needed to help them celebrate their own traditions with their family. There are three types of Shelter Houses, all of which offer opportunities such as cooking, donating, or just spending time with the families. Contact the community coordinators directly to arrange volunteer hours this Thanksgiving.
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