Tis The Season For Giving!
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 Jacksonville in our Villas at The Woodlands or Linda Apartment communities, you’ll want to head to Feeding Northeast Florida. This foodbank served 12.5 millions meals just in the last year! Around the Titusville area where our Village at Valencia and DREAM Space Coast communities are located, there are a few different options for donations such as Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, First Step Food Bank, Inc in Ocala, Florida Gateway Food Bank in Lake City! The closest one, which is also located near our Kensington Cottages community, is Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 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!