If you break apart the word “Thanksgiving” – you get “Thanks” and “Giving.” Which is the best way to start off the holiday season. Giving thanks for what we have and giving back to the community that supports us. Which is definitely better than if you break apart “Consumerism”… that just starts with consuming more stuff. There are TONS of places for you to give back, and this is just a SMALL sampling of some places that you check out if you’re not sure where to start.

The Family Place Thanksgiving Drive
Help The Family Place provide meals to families affected by violence in our community. Help them feed the families we serve this Thanksgiving by donating towards a grocery store gift card. You can make a donation for $50, $75 or $100
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Project Warm Us Donation Drive
Nov 15 – Nov 21
Project Warm Us is partnering with Frisco Square to get some much needed warmth to the homeless in Dallas, Texas. Their goal is to collect as many warm clothing items as they can by Thanksgiving 2016. They will be collecting the following items: Coats, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters, blankets, scarves, knit hats, gloves, shoes, socks
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Salvation Army Angel Tree Volunteers
The Angel Tees are back! You can volunteer to help in two way: sponsor an Angel or help with the event by helping get more folks to sponsor. Assist donors by explaining the Angel Tree program, helping donors choose Angel Tags and recording adoptions, or by receiving and helping record gifts. Minimum age to volunteer is 14. Program runs Nov 4 – Dec 8.
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Care Center Ministries
Several opportunities to help feed the less fortunate during Thanksgiving including
Family-2-Familiy program and sponsor a dinner box.
Register online by Nov 12 here

Friends giving to End Childhood Hunger
Sign up to host a Friendsgiving celebration this holiday season and turn it into a fundraiser for hungry kids.
Step 1: Sign up to host a Friendsgiving party and invite your friends.
Step 2: Use our easy online tools to start fundraising and plan your event.
Step 3: Celebrate, have fun and give back to kids in need.
When you sign up to host a Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry celebration, we’ll offer tons of resources to make your event a success – from fundraising tips to exclusive chef recipes!
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The Stewpot
This is a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas. They are the sole meal provider at the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center searving 1000-2000 meals per day. Sign up to help gather supplies or serve meals
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The Fort Worth Hope Center
Many families don’t have adequate food for Thanksgiving Day, and the FW Hope Center has planned to 1,000 families Turkey and all the trimmings to enjoy. Help by “adopting a family for $25”
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Operation Turkey
Operation Turkey wants to hand deliver more than 40,000 meals to the homeless and less fortunate in our communities. Donate money to help fund meal preparation or donate you time at two events below.
Turkey Tailgate –  volunteer party where we smoke 100+ turkeys. We accept donations of clothing, care packages, and drinks to distribute with meals Thanksgiving Day. We also stage food and supplies
Thanksgiving Day – the big event where we prepare, package and deliver food to the homeless and less fortunate.
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Thanksgiving Meal for Homeless on the DTS Campus
The DTS Campus Thanksgiving event is an opportunity for volunteers to love on the homeless community by serving food, sitting down and eating a meal together, playing games, handing out coats and blankets, or even just providing dessert! Check out the schedule for a time that works for you!
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Dallas Life
Get hands on this Thanksgiving! Jobs range from helping with line prep, preparing trays, serving trays to residents at the table (on Thanksgiving noon) and/or clean up and decorating the tables.
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Dallas Metro
Since 1993, Dallas Metro has stood in the gap for these people. Every year, they provide Baskets of Love to needy families, and you can be a part. For only $35, you can provide a family with a turkey, potatoes, dressing, and all the essentials to make a proper Thanksgiving dinner. Below is a list of suggested items if you would like to make your own baskets to send. All donations need to be in by November 12.
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Mission Arlington
On Thanksgiving day, November 24th, the Mission Arlington® family will deliver turkeys, turkey baskets and hot meals to people in need.
Preparing for Thanksgiving Day: Volunteers are needed in the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Food needs to be sorted and boxed. Maps need to be matched with deliveries, and so much more. Everything needs to be ready by Thanksgiving morning.
On Thanksgiving Morning: Volunteers are needed at Mission Arlington® by 8:00 am and on-going through the noon hour and beyond. Turkeys, turkey baskets, and hot meals need to be delivered to waiting families. No need to call. Just show up, and there will be plenty of work for you.
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Operation We are Here
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas Thanksgiving4Veterans
It’s time for our annual turkey toss! As always, we want our veterans to eat great like our families; therefore, we are adding HAM!!! This year we will give 300 turkeys and 200 hams, along with side items and resources, to our veterans and their families. Please register and choose one or the other. 
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The North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank  a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, providing access to more than 170,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 Partner Agencies in our 13-county service area. If you’re looking for an opportunity to donate directly, sort items, or to support a family, check out their volunteer page.
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Wilkinson Center
Wilkinson Center in Dallas, Texas, has some major fall projects this year and needs volunteers to make them happen. The center is planning on “Turkeys, Toys and Time” this year. Please consider donating a Thanksgiving basket to the Arcadia Park Adult Education site or toys to the annual toy distribution or volunteer your time at the food pantry.
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The Annual MBK Dallas: Feed the Homeless Drive
For the 8th consecutive year since 2009, Syndicated Radio Personality Vincent “Heartbreak” Tucker teams with Nikki Hayes & C.J. Johnson for the annual “My Brother’s Keeper – Feed the Homeless Drive” on Thanksgiving Day (November 24). Taking place from 9 am to 1 pm at Emerald City Bar & Grill in South Dallas, volunteers will serve and entertain homeless & low-income families in the local community with free food and give away blankets, coats and toiletries. It has become a recognizable event for achieving the overall goal of helping in the fight against hunger in the city of Dallas. You can also help with donations of Food, Disposable Utensils Blankets, Coats in addition to volunteering.
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MetroCrest Services
MSS Thanksgiving program is more than just putting one meal on our families table. Based on their family size, each family will receive an ample box of food. Sign up to help distribute food and donations and set and sorting. Metrocrest Services is one of the largest organizations in the North Dallas Corridor assisting the community. From gathering items and delivery of holiday donation drives to collecting donations at Vitruvian Lights, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the holiday season. 
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