1 Simple Shift: Start Giving Now

The most frequent conversation my husband and I have had over the last few days is “I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!” Every year, we tend to do our own thing at home with just the members of our household. We cook, we relax and my husband watches football. But I can’t help but think about all the people for whom this holiday isn’t so pleasant. These are people who might not have food to eat, warm clothes to wear or a family to spend the holidays with.

This video is a reminder for those of us who are in more fortunate positions to help those who may not be able to help themselves.

As I mentioned in my video, there are lots of ways you can help during the holidays:

Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together

Walmart has committed $2 billion to fight hunger, and customers can help by participating in an in-store food drive. As I mentioned, the food drive will take place in all Walmart stores from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22, and donations will support local food banks. Food collection bins will be available in store entry areas.

Most needed food items include:

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney, etc.)
  • Canned nuts
  • Canned/boxed soup/stew
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits in lite syrup
  • 100% juice boxes & cans
  • Canned milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Canned sauce & noodles
  • Peanut butter & jam
  • Mayo

Click here to search for a drive in your area.

Other ways to give

These ideas are very general. The specifics will depend on where you live.

  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  • Donate to a local food bank
  • Invite an elderly person to eat with your family
  • Visit a retirement home or hospital to spend time with those who are ill
  • Donate coats and warm-weather gear
  • Organize a canned-food drive at work or your child’s school.
  • Find a family on Craigslist who needs help, and help them (we did this a few years ago)

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter HOW you give, just THAT you give 🙂

DISCLOSURE: I am a part of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation to share information about their in-store food drive with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own. Check out more ideas about giving from my fellow Walmart Moms.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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