Every year here in Nacogdoches, the HOPE Food Pantry holds a community Thanksgiving dinner, open to those who may not be able to afford a Thanksgiving family dinner. However, this year, the numbers of those who can’t afford to serve this feast are on the rise. We tend to normally write-off the validity of Thanksgiving as one of the major holidays. But, don’t forget to exercise what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is this year, and every year: being thankful for what you have and giving someone else a reason to be thankful as well. You can do this by donating to the HOPE Food Pantry this November.
The HOPE Food Pantry in Nacogdoches is located on 2100 E Main Street. They are always accepting donations year-round but could especially use help during this Thanksgiving season. They are always accepting canned goods such as green beans, peas, beans, corn, canned fruit, peanut butter or jelly. They also accept beans in a bag, like lentils or black beans. Another great donating option is pasta. To donate, just pop into their location on Mondays from 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Donating this food can seem like it would hurt your financial situation. If that’s the case, the HOPE Food Pantry is always looking for volunteers as well. Even if you don’t have extra time, spreading the word about their events and their need of volunteers can help so much more than you think. Don’t forget about those who are less fortunate; there are so many ways to help.
This Thanksgiving may seem like the weirdest Thanksgiving ever, but don’t take for granted what you have or your ability to help others. Donating, volunteering, or just spreading the word about the HOPE Food Pantry could not only put you in the Thanksgiving and holiday spirit but could help someone in need celebrate as well.