But every year, I also try to remember that there are plenty of people who are not having such warm and cozy Thanksgiving rituals. Please, this weekend when you are doing your grocery shopping, toss a few extra items in your cart and donate them to your local food bank or homeless shelter. Or go a step further and put together an entire dinner basket for a family in need, offer to cook for an elderly person, or invite someone without family in the area to your home.
To make your food bank donation most useful, please check with the organization first to see what they need. For instance, our local food bank is looking for the following items:
- stuffing mix
- fresh potatoes, yams, celery, apples, etc.
- vegetables, fresh or canned
- pie crusts, filling (pumpkin, cherry, etc.)
- evaporated milk for canned pumpkin filling
- crackers, cheese, nuts, etc.
- rolls and butter
- turkey gravy
- turkeys, or cash donations to go towards the purchase of 80 turkeys