5 Way to Give Thanks


There is something to be said about the joy of giving. As the holidays draw near, it’s so important to give back to our communities and those in need. We’ve found a few great Thanksgiving charities around the country—what are your favorite ways to give back?

New York City

Like most New Yorkers, we are dying to try one of Chef Dominique Ansel’s famous Cronuts. This Thanksgiving, there’s a real chance! Ansel and Christian Lemieux of Dwell Studio have created The Cronut Mission, an online auction featuring one-of-a-kind Cronut boxes designed by Peter Som, Jonathan Adler, Heidi Klum, and other big names. Until November 26, you can bid on the boxes, each filled with Ansel’s special Thanksgiving Cronuts. Winners will receive their treats at their door on Thanksgiving morning! The proceeds will go to God’s We Deliver, just down the street from the bakery, to feed hungry families. (Photo: Heidi Klum’s Cronut Carrier, courtsey of The Cronut Mission)

Washington, D.C.

For many of us, pie is the best part of the Thanksgiving feast. This year, buy your holiday dessert through Slice of Life—your purchase helps children and adults with serious illnesses receive healthy holiday meals delivered to their homes. Local bakery Baguette Republic is supplying the pies in five mouthwatering flavors: pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, pecan, and cherry. (Photo: Basic Pie Dough for Sweet Cherry Pie)


The morning of the big day, take part in Operation Turkey before you sit down to enjoy your own bird. This entirely volunteer-run organization packages and delivers hot Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. Don’t miss out on the Turkey Tailgate a few days beforehand, where volunteers prep and smoke hundreds of turkeys! (Photo: Marcus Nilsson, Roasted Turkey in Parchment with Gravy)

Los Angeles

Gobble Gobble Give is similar to your neighborhood potluck, but on a much bigger scale. Bring your favorite heatable Thanksgiving dish, warm clothes, toiletries, or any other donations that would help out a family during the holidays. Volunteers will then assemble meals and care packages–last year, the organization served more than 3,000 homeless people in their community. (Photo: Turkey and Stuffing Bake)

In Your Neighborhood

If you have a knack for knitting, consider donating a few 7×9 inch squares in any knit or crochet pattern to your local Michael’s store. Until February 14, Michael’s will collect your squares on behalf of Warm Up America—once linked together, the squares become cozy afghan blankets for those in need. (Photo: Knit Blanket)

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