More than the preamble to the holiday crazy, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to slow down, share a meal, and reflect. It’s also a great time to give back to our community. With our hearts and thoughts pointed to those less fortunate, here’s 5 great ways to give back in Austin this Thanksgiving 2021.
Ways To Give Back For Thanksgiving in Austin
31st Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot
One of Austin’s longest running Thanksgiving Day traditions, this year’s Turkey Trot is a celebration of activity and charity. With all proceeds going to Caritas of Austin, a non profit that works to prevent and end homelessness, this five mile run is more than preparing for a monster meal. And if you’re still not comfortable running with a large crowd, you can always participate in a virtual run via a special tracking app. A fantastic event for an important cause.
For information on the in person race, the virtual race, and fees, visit www.thundercloud.com/event-info.
Like many people, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was the jump off point for the holiday season. For many in our community, they aren’t so lucky. Operation Turkey aims to change that by providing free Thanksgiving meals for needy families in cities all over the country. This week, you can still participate in the turkey Tailgate at Rodeo Austin to help smoke 600 turkeys and again on Thanskgiving Day to help distribute meals to those in need. A great way to help keep Austin fed.
For volunteer information on the Austin events, visit www.operationturkey.com/locations/austin/
Operation Blue Santa
While it may be too soon for holiday shopping, it’s never too soon to begin giving to Operation Blue Santa. An arm of the Austin Police Department, this charitable effort provides toys and food to Austin families in need. Drop boxes are already popping up all over town, so now’s the perfect time to donate goods or sign up to volunteer.
For information on volunteering and donating, please visit https://www.bluesanta.org/
Central Texas Food Bank
Any time of year is a great time to donate to the Central Texas Food Bank, but late November / early December is critical. The holidays can be a challenging financial time for many families, so the more we can raise, the better. CTFB’s website has dozens of ways you can chip in to the cause. From fundraising opportunities to volunteering, this longstanding organization is always in need of people and resources. Why not make Thanksgiving week the jump off point for your seasonal giving.
Coats for Kids
Remember Snowpocalypse 2021? This year is projecting to be another cold one, so it’s important to have quality winter wear. Coats for Kids provides an invaluable service that this year’s weather emergency proved important, even in Central Texas. The Junior League of Austin is currently collecting gently used coats for their December 4th distribution event. Just swing by any Jack Brown Cleaners and donate today!