It’s official. It’s holiday season kick off! It’s hard to believe that it’s already November. The most wonderful time of the year rolling through, holiday cheer in the air, and we can smell Thanksgiving dinner now! But there’s much more to November than that. Let’s not forget to true meaning of this month. It’s about being grateful for what we have, who we have in our lives and help to those in need. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to experience the joy of giving back.

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi

 

Food Drives
We have 7 local food banks here in the Bay Area. Click here to view your local food bank in your county and donate! https://www.bayareahunger.org/ Have the kids help you clean out the pantry and find canned and boxed food items! Feeding America is the nation’s largest  domestic hunger-relief organization. You can search for your local food bank on it their website and donate.

 

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” -Mother Teresa

 

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a nationwide program that delivers hot meals to elderly people and others in need of food. During the Thanksgiving holiday, the organization invites volunteers to help provide meals for local senior communities where residents may not have someone visiting them. “My grandfather had Meals on Wheels come to his home every other day throughout his battle with Stage 4 Lymphoma Cancer. They treated him so well and they’re customer service is very friendly! Big thank you to them,” says Alina (assistant at Family Matters.)

 

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life. ”    -Oprah Winfrey

 

Senior Living
Spend time with those who may not have family to visit them around the holidays. You can sing or read, play cards, or simply share stories and cookies together. Make lifelong connections with people who may not have anyone else. You just never know the relationships you might make! https://www.volunteermatch.org/

 

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” -Maya Angelou

 

Soup Kitchen

I know that this is an obvious choice to put on this list but this is an incredible way to make a difference. The impact you make is tremendous! Click here https://www.handsonbayarea.org/calendar to find opportunities and locations in the bay area where you can help out!