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Old 11-03-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Default Volunteering on Thanksgiving Day to help feed homeless

Is there a place that helps feed the less fortunate people on Thanksgiving Day? An acquaintance of mine would like to do this, and I may consider it depending on how long I would have to be on my feet. Since I did not have family members in CA to celebrate Thanksgiving I used to help feed the homeless at a place where they could come and have a hot meal. It's quite a gratifying experience and makes you realize how fortunate some of us are.

Please let me know if you are aware of such a place.

Thank you.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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im also willing to help if you find out info
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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The Durham Rescue Mission

The Raleigh Rescue Mission

I believe both of these have Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities.

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Old 11-03-2008, 01:41 PM
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That is so nice of you guys to help out! I know that you are going through some tough times yourself.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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Is there a place that helps feed the less fortunate people on Thanksgiving Day? An acquaintance of mine would like to do this, and I may consider it depending on how long I would have to be on my feet. Since I did not have family members in CA to celebrate Thanksgiving I used to help feed the homeless at a place where they could come and have a hot meal. It's quite a gratifying experience and makes you realize how fortunate some of us are.

Please let me know if you are aware of such a place.

Thank you.
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What a great idea! I just wanted to add something that my family and I do for the Xmas holiday. Instead of the adults giving gifts to one another, we pool that money and give to a less fortunate family. I don't know where my mom finds the families (through some city service I think) but we sign up, and a family is "assigned" to us. We pool our money and buy gifts for the family. We get information on them such as how many people are in the family, their ages, sizes, what they're into, etc. We have been able to give them clothes, toys to the children, and even buy their holiday dinner for them. As adults we just feel as though we don't "need" gifts as much as others need a helping hand....although we do still buy for our own kids in the family.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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I think it's great you want to help but ... many shelters & soup kitchens don't usually need more volunteers on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. They often have to turn one-time volunteers away. (I found this out last year because, as part of the Missions Outreach team at my church, I had a bunch of congregants who wanted to be set up to work in some of these places. One place actually told us they sometimes have more one-time volunteers on holidays than they do guests.
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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Call the Durham Rescue Mission I am sure they would love your call. I also know people that work and help out there.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Hey, we've tried to volunteer for several organizations in the past and they have always told us that they have so many people want to volunteer on holidays that they don't need anyone. One thing they did tell us was that they desperately needed volunteers during other times of year.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:06 AM
 
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I have heard that the Golden Corral on Glenwood feeds homeless and low income on Thanksgiving plus they welcome volunteers. Call them to find out.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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jmsbj92, I will give Golden Corral a call today. Thanks for the information. The other places I contacted in Raleigh said they have all of the volunteers they need for Thanksgiving. I will however, be able to volunteer for the Christmas holiday, wrapping gifts, etc..
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