Giving Back

My family always gives me a hard time for watching way too many Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies this time of year. The reality is, I love the cheesy movies because they are all about helping people in need, being with family and friends, and finding ways to make people happy. I know they are not even close to reality, but they make me want to help others and give back.

I have not been looking forward to Thanksgiving this year after losing my father a few years ago and my father-in-law this year. They both loved Thanksgiving (mostly the food), and the holiday will never be the same without them. Although the holidays makes me sad, it also makes me happy to remember all of the great time I have been able to spend with my family. I am so lucky to have a supportive and loving family, a roof over my head, food in my house, and so much more. I know so many people out there don’t have any of that, and never had.

So this year, my family and I are helping Filling Empty Bellies, a great local non-profit that will be providing a community Thanksgiving meal. They provide meals daily to the houseless community in Astoria, and I hope to continue volunteering for them after Thanksgiving. I am also excited to be sworn in as a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) on November 30th. I will help kids in foster care to make sure they have a safe home to live in, the support they need, and basic necessities.

So while the holidays can be full of food, shopping, traveling, and parties, don’t forget about people who may not have a family to spend time with, a house to live in, or a safe place to live. If you can, try to give back!