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Thursday, November 25, 2021

I’m getting set to head to a friend’s house for the Thanksgiving festivities. They’re doing all the cooking; my big task is to bring a bottle of white wine (which I always have on hand). I’m embracing the laziness.

Actually, when I decided a few weeks back to stay in town for the holiday, instead of heading to family in New York, I tried to find a volunteer opportunity for Thanksgiving Day. I’d never done that, so I thought it would be a worthwhile thing to do. Surprisingly, it’s hard to find such an opportunity on Thanksgiving Day itself. Every shelter and charity I contacted told me they had more than enough volunteer food servers/preparers on hand. They welcomed contributions of food and other items, but they had all the help they needed.

I was surprised at first; I guess I assumed that so many people would opt to stay home with family for the holiday that there would be a shortage of volunteers. But the more I thought about it, it made a certain amount of sense: Thanksgiving would be a popular day for volunteers to come out. If anything, shelters and soup kitchens probably feel a more acute dearth of help on non-holiday days.

So, I guess if I really feel altruistic, I should give those places a call next week and see if they need help on other, nondescript days. Which I know they will.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/25/2004 12:24:09 PM
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