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Old 12-14-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I'm here just over a year now and learning my way around quite well. But this Christmas I have no family close by and the spouse has to work all day Christmas day. So I figure I might as well make myself useful and do something for others. In past years my company gave away free kitchens to needy low income Senior Citizens but can't do that in this economic depression anymore. So what else can I do to help out those in need?

Does anyone know where I can go to offer to volunteer? I dont want to make a bunch of cold calls asking. I want to know of a place that you know needs help. Shelters? Churches? Preferrably a food bank or food shelter that serves up Christmas dinner for the poor, the hungry and disadvantaged.

Thanks in advance for the help !
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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The George R Brown usually has a big Christmas Feast for those in Need. I bet it will be packed this year,
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake Area
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Check out this listing: volunteerhouston (http://www.volunteerhouston.org/holiday2009/ - broken link)
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Check out this listing: volunteerhouston (http://www.volunteerhouston.org/holiday2009/ - broken link)
Thanks for that site. Took me awhile to read through it. I might have found 2nd best on that list that interests me but #1 would be a food bank or serving food so if anyone else has an idea.......
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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The George R Brown usually has a big Christmas Feast for those in Need. I bet it will be packed this year,
It appears this event will not take place this Christmas though they did have the feast for Thanksgiving this year.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Does anyone know where I can go to offer to volunteer? I dont want to make a bunch of cold calls asking. I want to know of a place that you know needs help. Shelters? Churches? Preferrably a food bank or food shelter that serves up Christmas dinner for the poor, the hungry and disadvantaged.

Thanks in advance for the help !
Pay a visit to any nursing home. You will put a big smile on many lonely faces.
You can bring few X-Mas cards with you, or you can read them something, or bring a nice video to play, or just walk around and switch few words with them.
Small travel size lotions are always appreciated.
Many of the residents don't get any visitors.The death rate is highest during the holiday season
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:20 AM
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Location: Houston, TX
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The event at the Brown center was last weekend. Houston Food bank or the bicycle build may need folks.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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the bicycle build is at Toyota Center or Minute Maid Park isn't it? I'm sure they need people for this.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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I love the nursing home idea.
Also you could contact the United Way. They are the umbrella for a lot of charities.

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Thanks for the help everyone.
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