Three Ideas To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Philanthropy

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
Is the true measure of our thanksgiving – W.T. Purkiser

Out of the numerous special events in a year, one occasion proves to be an important one for Americans – the Thanksgiving! Many look forward to the fourth Thursday of November because this federal holiday is filled with exciting events such as colorful parades, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Moreover, it also opens an opportunity to bond with family. While the traditional way of celebrating Thanksgiving is always a great option, it is likewise a great idea to try new ways of commemorating this annual holiday.Since the day is about expressing gratitude for the bountiful blessings we received throughout the year, you may want to make Thanksgiving more meaningful by making an effort to give back to others. Thanksgiving and philanthropy are two different yet closely related concepts so there are surely plenty of ways to combine the two. The following are some of them:

Open your house to others.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a happy occasion but people who are living alone or are struggling financially may think otherwise. Help others have a joyful celebration as well by opening your house up to them. Who knows, your company and hospitality may lift the spirit of someone who may be feeling down? Your guests on the other hand will take your family dinner to the next level as their stories may impart valuable lessons. They may even become lifelong friends of your family.

Do some volunteer work.

Your Thanksgiving schedule may be full with sumptuous dinners to attend to or shopping deals to check out. But with your time-management skills, you can definitely squeeze in some time for some charity work. You (or better yet, get the whole family involved) can a few hours or a whole day helping out in a hospital or doing some work at an animal shelter. You can also allot some time doing community service. You are free to choose where to spend your time as long as you do something to help move a cause forward. 

Make donations. 

To realize that you have a lot to share is surely something to be thankful for. Especially because not everyone has this privilege. So spend time to sort out your things and you may discover way too many items you don’t really need but others may still find useful. If you have money to spare, you can also choose an organization to make some donations. It may also be a nice idea is to make it a family project to save money to give for donations at the start of the year until Thanksgiving day.

In many ways, Thanksgiving is a time to indulge. We enjoy sumptuous dishes, drink exquisite wines, and sometimes shop our hearts out. However, while we fill our tummy with good food and satisfy our shopping needs, let us not forget to take time to give back as well. These activities can make your Thanksgiving more rewarding.

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3 Random Acts of Kindness to Show Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Amongst the meal preparations, the holiday celebrations, the chaos and all the excitement that comes along with Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget the reason we celebrate the last Thursday of November every year. When you gather around the table this year, make sure you and your family don’t forget to show your gratitude and give thanks this season. Here are 3 random acts of kindness that can remind us all of the importance of showing gratitude for the blessings in our lives this year.  

Send flowers to a friend in need this year

Holidays are always a bit harder if you’ve recently lost a loved one or undergoing trying or stressful circumstances. So if you know of a friend who might not be as joyful this Thanksgiving, go out of your way to brighten up their day in any way you can. Sending flowers to someone reminds them you are thinking of them and gives them another reason to recognize the blessings in their life.

Check in with an old friend

This time of year is always the busiest between holiday preparations and celebrations. Not to mention, as years go by, life happens, people move away, and things change. But don’t let your hectic schedule become an excuse to lose touch with some of your oldest friends. Even if you haven’t talked in months, pick up the phone and give that friend a call to wish them the warmest and loveliest Thanksgiving this year. Let them know that regardless of how much time has passed, you are still thankful for your friendship and how it has allowed you to grow as a person.

Send thank you notes

With emails and text messages, snail mail has become a bit of a lost art. But bring back the old-fashioned way to show your gratitude by writing out a thoughtful thank you note to anyone in your life who you are thankful for. That’s what the holiday is for after all. Tell your friends you whatever it is you appreciate about them. It can be as simple as letting them know you are thankful they are a part of your life or as specific as thanking them for helping you get through a major period in your life. Whatever you thank them for, make sure your thank you note is genuine and sincere.

Make sure you celebrate Thanksgiving this year by practicing different random acts of kindness to show your gratitude and let others know you are thinking of them this holiday season.

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