The Season of Giving

Here are just a few ways to help others during this time of year

The Thanksgiving season is just around the corner. Are you planning a big gathering with family or a small one with friends?  Will you be trying to make your great-aunt’s stuffing recipe for the first time? Are you making a list of the people, places, and things you are thankful for? Are you looking for ways to say thank you or help community members? As you take a break from work and/or school to celebrate, here are some ideas for giving thanks and giving back to the community during this season of Thanksgiving.

Giving of resources

There may be many reasons why you are watching your budget closely, especially at this time of year, and that’s completely understandable. But even small donations make a difference. Consider a donation of $10 to the charity of your choice. Or skip your favorite treat (coffee, tea, donuts) on the way to work or school for several days. Calculate what you saved, and donate that amount.Another suggestion is to buy a few cans of pumpkin, cranberry sauce, or vegetables to donate to a local shelter or food bank.

Giving of talent

Do you paint, write, crochet, make jewelry or create crafts? Offer to teach a class in a senior center or nursing home. Donate already made items to children who are spending the holiday in the hospital.

Do you place an instrument? Give a mini-recital in a hospital lobby, in a nursing home for residents or at a local community center.

Giving of time

Sometimes organizations need people power and need the donation of your time. Volunteering to prepare and serve meals at a shelter or delivering meals to homebound senior citizens are two great options. Gathering your friends or family members to volunteer as a group is a meaningful way to spend time together during the holiday season.  

Write a thank you note

Do you have a friend or family member who is currently serving in the military and won’t be home for Thanksgiving? Do you know a family who has a loved one serving? Write a letter of appreciation to that person and email it to them on Thanksgiving. Or, if you are looking to take part in a larger project for letter writing, visit Operation Gratitude.

There are so many non-profits and charities that need help in the Orlando area. If you already have one that is close to your heart, pick up the phone and ask them what they might need this season. If you are looking for an organization to support, check out these web sites for lists of non-profits and charities in and around Orlando:

Giving to your community, whether it is time, talent, or resources, is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, and every year. At ACMC, we are grateful for our dedicated faculty and staff and outstanding students who work hard in the classroom, who are dedicated to their professions, and who are always looking for ways to support our local community. We wish you a safe and joy-filled Thanksgiving.

This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. To learn more, visit us online.