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Help Your Neighbor Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner

Brooke Lewis
Posted on November 16, 2022   |   Updated on May 30
A spread of Thanksgiving items including a turkey, pumpkins and bright red candles

How can you help your neighbors this Thanksgiving? (Vicuschka/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but many families don’t have the means for a meal on that special day. So how can you help them?

Operation Turkey
This volunteer-run organization works to make sure everyone has a meal on Thanksgiving. And you can volunteer at two different events happening next week. At Houston Turkey Tailgate, volunteers smoke hundreds of turkeys, and also accept care package donations. On Thanksgiving Day, help prepare, package, and deliver meals to people experiencing homelessness and less fortunate. 

Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank provides food to families in financial need year-round and during the holidays. Make a donation or sign up to volunteer here. A $10 donation provides 30 meals. The food bank also puts red barrels in Kroger and H-E-B stores across the city where you can donate nonperishables. 

Feeding America
If you want to volunteer from the comfort of your home, think about hosting a virtual Thanksgiving food drive. The food drive helps raise funds for Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks. You can also find your local food bank and donate to a food drive. Feeding America suggests these Thanksgiving food items: boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, dry macaroni, cranberry sauce, and canned pumpkin.

Meals on Wheels
Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels provides turkey dinners to homebound seniors during Thanksgiving week. Donate here to make sure they reach their goal. Also, sign up to call seniors on Thanksgiving morning and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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