For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to go around the table and recite all of the things we're grateful for. But if you think about it, those of us with roofs over our heads and food in our fridges can afford to give a lot more than just thanks. If you want to express your gratitude in a more meaningful way this year, there are plenty of opportunities to help out a fellow New Yorker and still make it home in time for dinner. Whether you're hoping to donate food, or a few hours of your time, read on for 6 ways to give back this Thanksgiving in NYC.
Real Life Church serves up a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and thankfully this year, their volunteer registration is now completely full. If you still want to help, you can drop off dessert, drinks, toiletries, and clean clothing. Click here for more information.
The New York Common Pantry has been helping hungry New Yorkers for more than thirty years and they’ve used that experience to make it incredibly easy for New Yorkers to donate food to those who need it. To provide a meal for a hungry New Yorker, just click here to contribute securely online. You can also make sandwiches, or give clothes or toys you no longer need.
Ascension Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn still needs volunteers for the 3:00-5:30pm time slot to serve food and clean up at their free dinner service on Thanksgiving Day. To sign up, visit their website and fill out this short form.
City Harvest is blessed to have an army of committed volunteers this Thanksgiving, and almost all of the positions at their soup kitchens and dinner services are filled. But you can still help with what they need most — non-perishable food items. Bring cans or other non-perishable goods to any FDNY or NYPD station, the Daily News building lobby at 4 New York Plaza or these other locations. Find a list of the most needed items here.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, and we hope this article helped you find a way to give back this holiday!