Looking for ways to model gratitude in the Houston area?

Here’s a short list of options:

The Holiday Project – Grace Care Center in Cypress

A perfect opportunity for families with kids of all ages! Brighten someone’s holiday by making holiday cards for area nursing home residents. The Holiday Project Houston distributes Thanksgiving cards and Christmas cards to residents in assisted living and nursing facilities.  Cards can be dropped off or mailed to Grace Care Center. Families are also encouraged to visit nursing homes with The Holiday Project on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings and help to distribute the cards and visit with residents. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend with their parents. www.holidayproject.info/wherewhen/houston_texas

Houston Food Bank – Downtown

Create a new tradition with your family while helping the Houston Food Bank. A great option for families because children as young as age six can volunteer alongside an adult. There are many volunteer projects, including kid-friendly projects, which can vary from inspecting and sorting food, to packing food into family-sized bags, to stocking the Emergency Food Pantry. www.houstonfoodbank.org

City Wide Club – Downtown

The SUPER FEAST is held annually on Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve Day at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands are served with not only traditional hot nutritious meals but also clothing, household items, shoes, blankets, coats, jackets, flu shots, medical examinations, food baskets, haircuts, new toys, vehicles, and more.  You don’t have to show up to serve, encourage friends to donate Turkeys, non-perishable foods, toys and household items for drop off donation. www.citywideclub.com

Operation Turkey Houston 

Operation Turkey hand delivers warm meals, care packages, and clothing donations to those in need on Thanksgiving morning. The Turkey Tailgate is held the day before Thanksgiving and is a party where volunteers smoke turkeys, collect donations, and stage food and supplies for the event the following day. On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers are needed to prepare, package, and deliver food to the homeless and less fortunate. Children are welcome to volunteer with their parents and can help decorate and fill the food containers. www.operationturkey.com/locations/houston/

Meals on Wheels 

Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels program provides over 10,000 holiday meals to homebound seniors in the Houston area. Volunteer on Thanksgiving morning to deliver traditional Thanksgiving meals and bring your little ones along to provide some extra holiday cheer to the seniors. There will even be an area at the distribution site for children to play games and to make Thanksgiving cards for the seniors you will visit. You can also volunteer at the distribution site and help with setting up, checking in delivery drivers, and assisting with clean up. www.imgh.org/meals-wheels-greater-houston

Kids Meals Houston 

Kids’ Meals Houston works to end childhood hunger by delivering free, healthy meals to the doorsteps of children ages five and under facing hunger due to poverty. Monday through Friday, volunteers prepare thousands of healthy lunches and then deliver the meals to children enrolled in the program. Kids’ Meals Houston also provides children with additional resources such as free books. Volunteers are needed around the holidays to help with preparation for Thanksgiving, as Kids’ Meals distributes over 1,500 turkeys and grocery bags to every household enrolled in the program, as well as to assist with the holiday parties for the children enrolled in the program. www.kidsmealsinc.org