Thanksgiving is a tradition rooted in the notion that we should give thanks for the bounty that we have. Some people have more to be thankful for than others. Accordingly, those that have more to be thankful for should be mindful of their bounty and share with those in the community that are not as lucky. Volunteering is a excellent way to share that bounty.
Charity professionals advise that if you want to volunteer, there are other days you should circle on your calendar when they really need your help. According to Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, it’s the minor holidays that often get overlooked: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day are good days to lend a hand because that’s when it can be hard to recruit people to come work.
Volunteering for the needy is a noble pursuit at any time of the year, not just at Thanksgiving. However, more of the needy need to volunteer to help others. It does not cost anything to volunteer your time, and many of the needy could benefit from spending their time helping others, instead of always looking for a free handout.
Many people think about those less fortunate than themselves only during the holiday season. However, there are homeless people year-round and hungry children need to be fed everyday of the year. There is an increase in volunteerism during the holidays. Fewer people should volunteer during the holidays. They should help other times of the year.