Thanksgiving Giving: It is not just a passing thought

Chloe Weich

Senior, Kush Rama explores volunteer options for the holiday season. You can visit to donate online, mail a check, or sign up to volunteer near you. For every five dollar donation two people are fed. Kids are welcome, too!

Pheonix Vasquez

The air is getting chillier and it’s beginning to be the season to wrap up, and stay indoors, with a warm beverage, as well as with the holidays coming up, eat eat eat! Thanksgiving is a time for  people to show thanks for what they have, spend time with friends, family and maybe even volunteer to help those who do not have the same opportunities.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a family gathering every year, or be able to feed the one they do have. Some people make a choice during the holiday season to give back in their community, and spend time volunteering to help increase the quality of life for others.

You can visit to donate online, mail a check, or sign up to volunteer near you. For every  five dollar donation two people are fed. Kids are welcome, too! They can help you on errands or help decorate the containers in which the food is handed out. There is something for everyone.  A 100% volunteer organization, Operation Turkey has more than 100,000 helpers nationwide working together to ensure that everyone gets a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the feast will end by noon, so that everyone can spend time with their own families.

The City Wide Club of America needs many more volunteers for their Thanksgiving Big Feast. For the past thirty-three years, they have been serving families and individuals fresh meals  as well as providing products for those in need throughout the season. In the past years, this one organization has helped as many as 25,000 people. This year, the event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Please donate articles of clothing, nonperishable foods and even children’s toys to help give back to the community.

Merely look up the best option for you and help others around you.
¨It’s pretty traditional for my family and I, we sit around the table and eat a lot with people you’ve probably never seen or just met recently. It’s like a party, just not too loud, just a nice family gathering. We bring food from different places and it’s usually always good,¨ Keionna Dupree said.
Thanksgiving isn’t just fun and meaningful for children, but also for adults and the time they enjoy with their families.
¨Thanksgiving to me means getting as much of the family together as possible, eating way too much, watching the game, sleeping and, as a teacher, catching up on school stuff. Just together time with everyone. It doesn’t matter whose house we have it at, it’s usually the same traditional stuff. My family and I always play a good of football, too,¨ teacher, Elizabeth McCullough said.
¨My family and I always gather for Thanksgiving and usually invite the neighbors. Before the meal, we have a tradition where we pass around some dry corn kernels and say what we are thankful for this year. At the next gathering, I plan to say that I am grateful for my family and my job here at Huntsville High. Recently, my wife and I had a daughter. It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted a little girl,¨Government/economics teacher and minister of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, _______ Meyer said.
There is certainly no denying that this time of year is busy for everyone involved. These are the times to remember that everyone in the community should ban together and help one another with no discrimination. Whether you decide to volunteer for the holidays or stay home with friends and family, just remember to be safe and spread joy.