There are countless ways to show appreciation this Thanksgiving, but these are just a few ideas to get you started. Whatever you do, take some time to reflect on all that you are grateful for and find ways to give back to those who have helped you along the way. For many of us in the real estate industry, we are grateful for our clients, our colleagues, and our careers. But this Holiday season we’ve come up with some other ways we can show our appreciation. Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Give a Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy delicious food with family and friends. But it’s also a time to remember those who are less fortunate. This year, when you’re buying ingredients for your own Thanksgiving feast, consider picking up an extra turkey or two. Turkeys are deeply discounted this week, so it’s a great opportunity to donate to your local food pantry. Just a few extra cans of corn or green beans, along with a box of instant mashed potatoes and a deli-made pie, can make all the difference for someone in need. So this Thanksgiving, give thanks by giving back to those who are less fortunate.

Local Food Pantries Accepting Thanksgiving Meals: https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/how-donate-thanksgiving-food

2. Help Fight Food Insecurity

It’s no secret that food insecurity is a growing problem in the United States. According to the USDA, more than 35 million Americans – including 11 million children – struggle to access food on a daily basis. This translates to one in eight households being food insecure. When families are food insecure, they often experience more severe health issues and their students are unable to concentrate in the classroom. As a result, food insecurity can negatively impact socioeconomic growth. However, there are ways you can help this holiday season. One of the best ways to help in Washington State is to make a donation to Northwest Harvest. 

Northwest Harvest supports a statewide network of over 300 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools. Focused on improving equity in our food system, Northwest Harvest provides nutritious food to people facing hunger statewide – regardless of race, income, or geography. You can learn more about their work or make a donation by visiting their website at http://www.northwestharvest.org/donate. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against food insecurity this holiday season!

Check out their website and make a donation this holiday season: https://www.northwestharvest.org/

 3. Shop Small Business Saturday

With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to show your support for small businesses in your community. Black Friday deals are wonderful but Small businesses are the backbone of each and every neighborhood, and they offer unique products and services that you can’t find anywhere else. So this holiday season, make a point of shopping at your local small businesses. You’ll be supporting your community and getting one-of-a-kind gifts that your friends and family will love. And who knows – you might just find some new favorite places to shop!

Some great local businesses to support in Seattle: https://www.shopify.com/retail/shop-local-seattle

4. Volunteer and Help Those Less Fortunate Around You

Volunteering is a great way to give back, and it’s also a lot of fun. You’ll meet new people and make new friends while you’re helping to make a difference. So if you’re looking for a way to make a difference, consider volunteering. It’s a great way to show your gratitude and take action on something you’re passionate about. For example, if you are passionate about food security, you can volunteer at a food bank. You’ll be making a difference in your community and helping to ensure that everyone has access to food. Volunteering is a great way to take action and show gratitude. It’s important to make sure you’re volunteering for something that is meaningful to you.

Here’s a list of some volunteering ideas around Seattle WA: https://www.seattlecu.com/blog/52-places-to-volunteer-in-seattle

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