City Rescue Mission
Home is where holiday memories are made. City Rescue Mission’s faith-based objective is to provide shelter and educational and vocational resources for those affected by homelessness. In lieu of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, the Mission is asking volunteers to assist in creating a Thanksgiving Box – a decorative box with items including holiday decorations, wrapped dessert, utensils, etc. Visit its website here to see how you can contribute.
Feed the Children
World-renowned for its 40-year anti-hunger campaign, volunteers at Feed the Children plan to provide more than 1.2 million meals to struggling families over the holiday season. Those who choose to volunteer in Oklahoma City can help pack boxes of food and essentials to be delivered across the state as part of the organization’s No Hunger Holidays campaign. More information about volunteering and donation times can be found here.
Other Options Inc. has been a community staple for 31 years, providing food, services and education to at-risk individuals with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS. During its holiday celebration, Cookie’s Thanksgiving, a limited number of in-person volunteers can help deliver boxed Thanksgiving meals to those who cannot drive to the facility to receive a traditional Thanksgiving. Other ways you can help can be found here.
The Salvation Army
Since the state’s founding, the Salvation Army has provided people with a chance to give back to their communities with nothing more than a smile and a bell. Those looking to volunteer time can find numerous events throughout this November and December, including preparing meals at the Red Shield Diner, helping find shelter for the homeless, and participating in toy drives. Additional information can be found here.
HOPE Center of Edmond
With thanks to give, there is hope to spread. Those who choose to volunteer at the HOPE Center of Edmond may volunteer through its outreach efforts including its food pantry, a clothing room or a special-projects volunteer. Asking for help is never an easy feat, especially during the holidays. To find out more about assisting, go to the HOPE Center website here.