It feels good to trade stories of why you're thankful with relatives over mouthfuls of Aunt Hilda's green bean casserole.
It feels even better to donate leftovers of said casserole to a family who otherwise wouldn't have anything to eat.
This year, why not have your green beans and eat them, too? San Francisco is a city of do-gooders, and as such, there's no shortage of ways to give back this holiday season. We've rounded up a few of our favorite options below. Or, you know, you could always just pass your extra pennies over to City Hall.
Is there another Thanksgiving volunteer opportunity we simply must mention? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Both Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army sponsor Thanksgiving Day meal delivery programs. Spend a few hours driving warm food to seniors and folks in need, and brighten both your and their day.
The San Francisco food bank offers myriad ways to spread holiday love through the gift of nourishment. Click here to learn more about how to run your own drive, create a group giving program or simply donate.
The city's celebrated anti-poverty nonprofit turns Thanksgiving into an all-out festival, hosting a series of meals on the big day as well as a post-Thanksgiving breakfast. Opportunities to help are ripe on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Nothing says shedding holiday calories like a little manual labor: The South Bay branch of Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring two Thanksgiving Weekend events, rehabilitating homes in need in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. More details here.
Thanksgiving Weekend is one of the most popular times to purchase the evergreen that will sit in your living room throughout December. But what about adopting a living, breathing tree this year instead of choosing one that's been chopped? San Francisco's Department of the Environment along with Friends of Urban Forestry are sponsoring a program that allows you to borrow and decorate your greenery for the holidays and then have it replanted in a local neighborhood come 2012.