CINCINNATI - Thanksgiving is a time of year when people give thanks, but it can also be a great time to give back to those who are in need.
Here are nine great ways to give back this holiday season. But the list doesn't stop here. Tell us in the comment section below how you're giving back this season and be sure to send photos to email@example.com showing how you're volunteering.
1. Feed Hunger with Who Dey
The Freestore Foodbank’s plan to serve more than 40,000 people over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays comes with a price that donations help offset. Donations from Tri-State residents go to help provide families with a full meal for the holidays, clothing, housing assistance, transportation and more. Bengals fans can help out when they head to the game at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 25. Make a financial donation or drop off canned good donations at the entrances to PBS as you head into the game against the Raiders. Also, you can make a simple donation as you stop by local Kroger stores to pick up the ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal. There are $1, $3 or $5 donation options at stores’ checkout aisle.
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2. Give like a saint at St. Vincent de Paul
Since St. Vincent de Paul’s annual holiday drive began 22 years ago, more than 400,000 meals have been collected and distributed to local families in need — and you can help make this year one of their most successful. The organization accepts donations of canned goods and cash at local Kroger stores as well as donations through its website. A $1 donation will provide seven meals for families. This year’s goal is 70,000 pounds or 219 barrels of food, which is enough to feed nearly 2,150 local families for one week.
For more information about this year’s initiative and where to donate, go to http://www.svdpcincinnati.org/News_and_Events/Food_From_The_Heart/ .
3. Feed many at the Fall Feast
More than 8,000 meals are expected to be distributed at 2012’s Fall Feast at the Duke Energy Center, and it takes helpful hands to aid in the cause. Volunteers are needed for the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the Share-A-Meal event . This year’s Fall Feast includes free dental checkup, a coat giveaway, free health screenings, haircuts, vision tests, live music and great food — so there are plenty of ways for volunteers to offer their talents. For more information, go to http:// fallfeast.org/ .
4. Shed your winter wear to help Goodwill
Runners may heat up pretty quickly during the 103rd annual Thanksgiving Day Race through Cincinnati and Goodwill is here to help the racers cool off and help a good cause. For the third year in a row, Goodwill is sponsoring donation stations both at the start of the race and at mile two marker. The stations are a place for racers and attendees to shed their winter wear to help benefit others in the Tri-State. For more information, go to http://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/news/?p=909 .
5. Adopt a family
Many people may be focusing on their Black Friday bargains, but many local families can also benefit from your deal hunting. The Salvation Army is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family program where sponsors are paired with a family or senior in need to help provide holiday Christmas gifts for them. While you’re scooping up post-Thanksgiving savings, you can help stock someone else’s Christmas tree, too. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_cincinnati.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/4228EDB7B46EC947852577B60053A4B5?Opendocument .
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