A long list of festive occasion awaits us beginning with Thanksgiving, which means a flurry of holidays to spend quality time with friends and family. And not just quality time, Thanksgiving brings with it an opportunity to inaugurate the home-made Hunger games with all kinds of aroma blending in the air. But while we are blessed enough to enjoy God’s graciousness on us, it’s a part of our duty to remember the less fortunate and shade them under a single umbrella. Here is a list of a few ways to show the extra bit of gratitude this Thanksgiving…
Share flowers with strangers.
While the leaders of the world are busy sharpening their knives for a potential war outbreak, how about we as peaceful citizens get busy spreading some smiles? Head down your neighboring lane and share flowers with random strangers. You just don’t know what the person passing by you must be going through, but a beautiful flower will surely set the tone right for the rest of the day.
Write to the ones you’ve severed ties with.
We know you want to make amends and get back to normal with that long-lost special one. Could be an old school buddy or the love of your life. Well, the perfect opportunity is knocking right at your door, waiting for you to grab it. Prepare a special note for him/her and describe how you’ve been feeling without them. Apologize, if need be. Ego is a cunning enemy, jump out of it and fix your relations this Thanksgiving.
Charities and donations.
You don’t have to be rich to spend in charity. What matters the most is that you have the heart to set aside a percentage of your earnings for the needy. Donations are an excellent way to treat yourself with a content heart. There is hardly anything that gives a better sleep at night than knowing that your share of wealth was utilized to feed a hungry child or to clothe a homeless human being.
Distribute meal boxes.
Some people prefer to help people with actual hampers rather than distributing the money which has the risk of being spent unwisely. And one of the best ways to go about helping the less privileged is by filling their empty stomachs. Prepare extra food while you cook for your family and divide them equally into meal boxes that can be distributed along with the flowers that we’ve discussed earlier.
Visit an old age home.
What could be more heartbreaking for parents than to find themselves ending up at a so-called home without their children around them? Plan to spend an entire day with the gems of our society, who are left with very little to cheer about. Hosting a feast and bringing joy to their tender hearts is perhaps the best way to show gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Use the memories you’ve created throughout the day to embrace the true spirit of Thanksgiving. After all, a giving hand is better than the receiving one.