Four Ways to Serve Your Community This Thanksgiving


People reaching into a donation box full of miscellaneous food

With Thanksgiving Day quickly approaching, it is easy to get caught up in all of the hustle and bustle of meal prep and party planning and to forget about those in need around us. Don’t get us wrong, we know that some years, adding an extra event to the calendar is simply out of the question, but if you find yourself with a little extra time this week, consider some of these suggestions to serve our Tacoma, WA community.


Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

One fun way to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving and help others at the same time is to serve a meal to those who often go without at a local soup kitchen. Whether it is on Thanksgiving
Day itself or on a day leading up to the holiday, take a break from your normal routine and help someone else feel grateful for a warm meal and cheerful company. You may consider reaching out to the Tacoma Rescue Mission for more information about volunteering.


Donate to a Food Bank

No time to dedicate to volunteer at a soup kitchen? You still may be able to help provide someone with a Thanksgiving dinner of their own. You might try buying extra food when you make your grocery trips for your own holiday meal. Places like Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank and St Leo Food Connection will gladly accept your donations, and they will be sure to use what you give to help someone in need near your Nantucket Gate apartment community this holiday season.


Run in the Turkey Trot

Everyone loves a pre-Thanksgiving dinner 5k. At the Tacoma City Turkey Trot, kill two birds with one stone by giving your body the exercise it needs and helping someone else out. This fun run has partnered with The Children’s Foundation, and a portion of the earnings will go to help create brighter futures for abused and neglected children. Additionally, Fish Food Bank will be on site the morning of the race to collect food donations.


Visit the Annual Gingerbread Village

Going to Seattle any time this holiday season? Sheraton Seattle Hotel partners with JDRF every year to display an annual gingerbread village to the public. This season, the village will be on display November 20th - January 2nd. While it is free to the public, JDRF gladly accepts donations that go towards Type 1 Diabetes research.


We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for serving others this Thanksgiving! What are your favorite ways to serve during the holidays? Comment below with your answer. Happy Thanksgiving!