Or, volunteer to help make and serve a Thanksgiving dinner at the Union Gospel Mission.
The annual Lights in the Park in St. Paul's Phalen Park is a display composed of over a million animated lights. Entry to drive through the park and see all the displays is $8-$10, depending on which day you visit, but all profits are donated to local food banks.
More Ways To Volunteers during the HolidaysIf you want to serve a holiday dinner, check with your local churches and community organizations to see if they are serving a holiday meal.
If you'd like to donate food for a holiday dinner, food banks across the metro area will be glad to accept non-perishable holiday foods, but in good time, to ensure that they can be given to needy families in time for Thanksgiving.
Or, plan ahead for Christmas. How about donating a toy which will go to a child who may otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas morning? Toys for Tots has over 100 toy drop-off locations in the Twin Cities for new, unwrapped toys.
How About Not Volunteering This Holiday Season?
The holidays are the most popular time of year to volunteer. In fact, many volunteer opportunities fill almost as soon as they are announced.
How about making a commitment to volunteer your time next year, when there's just as much demand on social services, but far fewer volunteers? Committing a few hours a month for the next year will be just as helpful to our community, there's a much wider range of opportunities available, and searching for an volunteer placement will be one less things to do during this busy holiday season. Just remember what you pledged to do, once the new year is here. Volunteer Match is a great place to start looking for an organization that would love the skills and enthusiasm you have to offer.