by Kelly Holck
on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 11:35am.
If you're reading this right now, you should be aware that there are people who are much less fortunate than you. You probably have some sort of Thanksgiving tradition where you go to a select family member's house and gorge on a ridiculous amount of carbs and then sit around and reminisce about the Thanksgivings of year's past.
However, not everyone gets that opportunity. Some people don't have anywhere to go for the holidays or don't have any money to get food on the table for their families. If you're anything like me, then this probably pulls on your heartstrings a little. However, do not fret: there are plenty of ways you can help make Thanksgiving possible for these individuals and families! Here are just a few in the Dane County area:
Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Baskets
Goodman Community Center puts on a drive every year to give 3500 Dane County families what they need in order to provide their loved ones with a home-cooked meal. There are several different volunteer opportunities that come with making this Thanksgiving Basket Drive a success:
Donation Sorting - organizing and unloading food donations as well as sorting produce to ensure no damaged/expired food gets put into baskets Basket Packing - putting together the Thanksgiving baskets that get sent out to families Basket Distribution - assist in getting baskets distributed to registered families Clean-Up - get the basket prepping areas quickly cleaned up so they can go back to normal activities Grocery Store Turkey Drive - situate yourself at Pick N Save on Monona Drive, Hyvee East, or Metro Market on Cottage Grove Road to help ask for turkey and monetary donations to make Thanksgiving possible for families in need Donate Money/Food - if you don't have a spot in your schedule to volunteer a few hours of your time, you can still donate money and/or food to make this effort a success
Find out more about Thanksgiving volunteer/sponsorship opportunities with Goodman Community Center.
Outreach to the Hungry
The First Congregational United Church of Christ on University Avenue in Madison has been hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for the community for the past 25 years. The only way they can make this possible every year is with the valiant efforts of volunteers. You don't have to be a member or have any religious affiliation with the church in order to give your time to help in prepping, cooking, and serving meals to hundreds of people.
MOM Thanksgiving Baskets
Middleton Outreach Ministry AKA MOM also puts on an annual Thanksgiving program which provides all of the Thanksgiving dinner fixings to 350 families in the MOM service area. In addition, they assemble baskets for about 100 seniors and individuals with disabilities. A donation as little as $15.00 will give a family their Thanksgiving dinner.
Donations to Local Food Pantries
For those of you with extra busy schedules but still want to help, local food pantries always welcome donations. Here at Keller Williams - Madison (both offices), we're accepting non-perishable food items that we'll be donating through Second Harvest Food Bank. Please, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or items you'd like to donate!
These are only a few of the organizations who need donations and volunteers like you in order to continue their outreach endeavors. Keep in mind, giving back and volunteering doesn't end with Thanksgiving either. Learn more about how you can volunteer in our community to ensure everyone has a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.