Five Ways To Give Back Over Thanksgiving Break


Sydney Miner, Reporter

Thanksgiving, the holiday with the giant turkey and dinner while being surrounded by your friends and family. But what some people often look past is the thanks giving of it. So, here are five ways to give back and be reminded to be thankful for what you have.

  1. Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot – Supporting Caritas of Austin

Where: The Long Center, Austin TX

When: Thanksgiving Morning – November 23, 2017

Why: This 5k raises money for the Caritas of Austin, which “supports people on their journey out of crisis toward self-sufficiency through housing, food, education, and employment services,” according to their website. You can run the race, and also donate to the cause.

Find out more and register on their website –


  1. Round Rock Texas – Family Volunteer Day

Where: Baca Center 301 West Bagdad Avenue Round Rock, TX

When: November 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Why: Family Volunteer Day benefits ten area non-profits, and is an opportunity for families to get together and give back to their community. You and your family can come and help people with crafts, hope jars, projects and creating a shelf safe meal packs for the holidays.

Find out more and register on their website –


  1. Chuy’s Children Giving To Children Parade

Where: Texas State Capitol & Congress Ave.

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 11am (it’s approximately 1 hour long)

Why: You can go and bring a new unwrapped gift that will go to children through Operation Blue Santa. Along with donating toys you can go and enjoy the parade and its giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, marching bands and so much more.

Find out more and register on their website –


  1. Operation Turkey

Where: H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX

When: November 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Why: There are many opportunities for volunteer for their organization, but their largest is on Thanksgiving day where they prepare, package and deliver food to the homeless and the less fortunate.

Find out more and register on their website –


  1. Gobble Gobble Give

Where: Bentley and Leenher Mortgage (Parking Lot) 5307 Hwy 290 W.

When: Thanksgiving Morning

Why: You bring a dish of food, five small toiletries kits, clothing and blankets. Then you get assigned a job in one of the following areas like, dropping off the food, bringing food to the kitchen, putting meals together and many more.

Find out more and register on their website –