Give a Little Back This Thanksgiving

By Michael Berick

Volunteer on Thanksgiving

Make your family part of Family Volunteer Day 2016.

Thanksgiving is a time to consider the many things we are thankful for. It is also a time to become aware of those around us who are in need. Family Volunteer Day, a tradition for 25 years, offers opportunities to lend a helping hand in your community. And when parents and kids participate together, kids get to learn about volunteering and how much good a person can do in the world.

Taking place on Nov. 19 (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), Family Volunteer Day is a nationwide program sponsored by the Walt Disney Company and organized by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, a nonprofit dedicated to volunteer service. Visit the Family Volunteer Day website to learn about community volunteer activities and DIY projects your family can do together at home. Delores Morton, executive director of generationOn, describes Family Volunteer Day as “a great way to start the holiday season by spending time together and showing children the importance of giving.”

Not that good deeds need to be rewarded, but families that share their Family Volunteer Day experiences on the generationOn website are eligible to win one of four $500 gift cards and five dinner-and-a-movie “Family Night Out” prizes. Consider making Family Volunteer Day one of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions, because even a little act of kindness can make a big difference.

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