There are several ways to lend a helping hand this Thanksgiving holiday in Central Texas. Here’s a few ways to get involved.
If you or someone you know are without plans for Thanksgiving, the Leander Church of Christ will be hosting a Thanksgiving lunch for all. This event is open to the public and will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Leander Church of Christ, 300 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, TX 78641.
Coordinators request volunteers serve any of the three shifts for Thanksgiving:
Food Donations - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. drop-off
First Shift - 10 a.m. to noon: Set-up and Serve our Community
Second Shift - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Fellowship Connections (persons wanting to visit with community diners)
Third Shift - noon to 2 p.m.: serving and cleanup
For more information and how to sign up to volunteer, visit the volunteer hub page at http://bit.ly/2jGlg1l
Volunteers with Operation Turkey will have an opportunity to serve a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness across Central Texas, from Round Rock and Cedar Park to Austin and San Marcos.
This year, the goal is to provide 50,000 meals in 15 cities nationwide. On Thanksgiving Day, one of the main distribution hubs will be at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park.
The north Turkey Tailgate will take place this year at Third Base, 13301 US-183, in north Austin all day Nov. 22 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The tailgate is a volunteer party where volunteers smoke more than 600 turkeys and accept donations of clothing, care packages, and drinks to distribute with meals Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers also stage food and supplies at the H-E-B Center.
On Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., volunteers will prepare, package and deliver food to the homeless and less fortunate at the H-E-B Center.
According to the program, every $5 donation feeds two people. Donations can be made online at operationturkey.com, as well as registering to volunteer.
Each year, the Meals on Wheels program has hundreds of homebound clients signed up to receive holiday meals. Those interested can sign up to help deliver as many as they can handle.
In order to sign up, volunteers will need to a driver’s license, as well as proof of vehicle registration and other requirements. More information is available here.
For more information on regional volunteer opportunities, a good place to start is the GivingCity website, at givingcityaustin.com.