Seasonal Events | November 2, 2017
Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks for family and friends while enjoying a wonderful meal. For some families though, Thanksgiving isn’t so joyful. The day isn’t filled with gravy, stuffing, a mountain of turkey and planning out the best Black Friday routes, it’s spent trying to find food at a shelter. This year, consider donating food or money to one of the organizations listed below.
So Others Might Eat, or SOME, was founded in 1970 by Father Horace McKenna, S.J. What started as a small soup kitchen, quickly grew into an organization that provided additional resources to those in need. So Others Might Eat is holding a 2017 Thanksgiving Basket Drive for those in need. The organization is asking for Thanksgiving baskets filled with items like canned sweet potatoes, string beans, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. To donate one of these boxes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to purchase the items for the Thanksgiving basket, consider making a donation instead.
Every year, the St Augustine Catholic Church works hard to ensure families in the DC area have a proper Thanksgiving dinner. Last year, the St Augustine parishioners were able to provide a turkey with sides to over 600 families. This year, the St Augustine Catholic Church is looking for volunteers to help pack and prepare the Thanksgiving baskets, as well as donations of turkeys, Thanksgiving sides or simply monetary gifts to be used to purchase the food.
Every year, DC Central Kitchen provides 5,000 Thanksgiving meals to transitional homes, shelters and rehabilitation clinics in the DC area. The meals consist of a turkey dinner as well as traditional Thanksgiving sides. This year, at least 400 whole turkeys are needed to prepare the Thanksgiving meals. Other items, such as canned green beans, apple sauce, cranberry sauce and spices are also needed. If you are unable to give a food donation, consider giving to the D.C. Central Kitchen through a monetary donation.
Cornerstones strives to help those in need of food, shelter, housing and childcare find the resources they need. Every year, Cornerstones holds a Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive to help provide meals for almost 1,000 families. Examples of items needed in the Thanksgiving Food Drive boxes include canned veggies, instant potatoes, rice, snacks, dessert boxes and a gift card to purchase a turkey.
We strive to support organizations that make a difference in our surrounding communities. Over the last 10 years, we have supported the Toys for Tots campaign by setting up collection boxes in our indoor storage facilities. We have also donated storage spaces at our Maryland locations, Bel Air and Westminster, used year-round by the organization. This holiday season, consider supporting the Toys for Tots mission and donating a toy to our Gaithersburg, Bowie and Odenton ezStorage locations.