The Brooklyn Bitches are huge fans of doing good for others- it costs nothing, and the feeling it gives you is like nothing else. Whatever your Thanksgiving plans are, make sure you do something that helps someone else. Donate some canned food to a local organization, host an orphan thanksgiving for those who can’t make it home, or help your mom do the dishes.
Due to the current chilly economic climate, the attendance at soup kitchens this holiday season is expected to be through the roof. Even if you've got plans, try to fit some volunteering into your day. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, the following organizations could really use an extra hand:
- The Bowery Mission
- City Meals on Wheels
- Greenmarket at 252 W. 116th St in Harlem
- UCSS, 2nd St between 1st Ave and Ave A
- Men’s Mission on Lafayette St and Bowery
- The Gods Love We Deliver organization
- Thanks 4 Giving at City Winery
- The Nourishing Kitchen of NYC, 281 Pleasant Ave at 115th St
- CHIPS Mean Charity, 200 Fourth Ave in Brooklyn
- Neighbors Together Soup Kitchen in Bed-Stuy
Be sure to contact the organization of your choice well in advance (we recommend a week or so). Thanksgiving is usually the biggest, busiest day of the year and they need to get organized. Keep in mind that being a soup kitchen volunteer may require help other than serving food- you might be picking up donations, doing an inventory, or delivering meals to homes.
Give a little, get a little. Karma is free.