Ways to Give as a Family This Thanksgiving


There are many ways to give as a family this Thanksgiving. Both giving and gratitude has been shown to raise happiness levels, and the best way to teach a value is make it a habit and do it as a family.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check out packing a holiday box or go shopping for Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Wish List.

Oliver Gospel Mission also feeds the hungry in their soup kitchen downtown. You can sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner for less than $3 and sign up to volunteer as well.

You can also make room for new toys and book by cleaning out the clutter and donating it to Oliver Gospel thrift shop or other charity thrift shops in town.

Pack a Christmas shoebox with gifts for child in need. Drop off locations in Columbia for collection week November 18-25 and instructions are available here.

To help local children, check out Palmetto Place and Epworth Children’s Home.

If you’re less of a people person, donate or volunteer at an animal shelter.

Or, for the Earth, do the Instagram #TrashTag challenge. This involves finding a messy place, picking it up as a family, and posting your before and after pictures using the hashtag.

Walks, Charity Events, Benefits

There are loads more walks, charity events, and benefits around the Midlands to go to as a family.

How does your family volunteer and give back to the community? Know of an opportunity we missed? Tell us about it!

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Paula Billingsley
Originally from Columbia, Paula has also lived in NC, Florida, Alaska, and the UK before returning, after her husband’s deployment, to start USC School of Law. After passing the bar, working with education nonprofits, and going back for her Masters in English, she’s set aside being an active attorney for now to focus on her health, writing, and raising her baby girl, Evy. Paula knows life does not usually go as expected, like being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and sometimes it goes better, like eloping or adopting her best book review buddy, Evy! She binges on good tv, good books, good chocolate, good tea, and good conversation. She’s also a fan of winning, whether at board games or yoga. At home, she enjoys making art, music, stories, and tasty food with her family including two wild puppies, Poppy and Petra. Out and about, she enjoys being involved in theatre and music, like at Town Theatre, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife, attending Windsor United Methodist Church, shopping, volunteering, and traveling on the cheap! She does not enjoy laundry, social injustice, environmental destruction, the patriarchy, coffee, soda, kale, or pants. She’s excited and thankful to pursue her calling and bring her child up in this kid friendly town.


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