Give Thanks By Giving Back
Amid the hardships of 2020, there have been shining examples of people putting others first all across the country. Local communities have come together to support each other during these trying times. With Thanksgiving at the end of the month, now is the perfect time to give thanks by giving back.
Treat someone to lunch.
Remember when your neighbor helped you clean up after that big storm? Or a teacher went out of his or her way to help your child? Surprise them with a gift card to a local restaurant or a delivery service to show your thanks. Not only will they enjoy a free meal, you’ll also be supporting a local business.
Send a card or write a note.
Go old school and get out a pen and paper to send a letter to someone for whom you are grateful. You don’t have to write a lot; even a small note of thanks can help to brighten a person’s day, especially when they aren’t expecting it.
Volunteer your time.
Time is the most precious gift we can give. Find a cause that is near to your heart and find a way to volunteer. Many socially-distant volunteer opportunities are available, like packing meals for food-insecure families, providing online tutoring and homework assistance, or checking in on senior citizens in your neighborhood.
Shop local and share on social media.
Small businesses took quite a hit this year, yet many rose above and continued to provide services and goods to their communities. Give thanks to the shops in your neighborhood and buy local this holiday season. Even better, share what you love most about them on social media to show your support.
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. This year in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that we should never take our health for granted. If you are in good health, show your thanks by paying it forward and donating blood for those in need.