With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you can choose to help others be thankful for something as well. You can to help those less fortunate by providing meals and donations for South Florida’s homeless. So, if you’re willing to put on some gloves, a cap and an apron to happily serve warm, delicious meals to those who need them most – here are some places you can go with your friends and family to help out those in need.
Miami Rescue Mission
Since 1922, hundreds of volunteers have gathered every year to provide delicious meals to thousands of homeless and needy families at their annual Thanksgiving Day banquet. Along with free meals, free haircuts, clothing and tote bags with hygiene products were also distributed.
- 2020 NW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33127
- (305) 571-2211
Along with providing daily services for the homeless and needy such as housing, meals, showers and clothing among other benefits, Camillus House is at the forefront of providing large-scale meal preparation and distribution for hundreds of needy families on Thanksgiving Day.
- 1603 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
- (305) 374-1065
Every year, the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless provides the perfect meal to hundreds of needy and hungry people of all ages on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers can choose to prepare, serve and/or sponsor any meal, and the organization’s site says it’s “a great option for an individual, small group of friends or larger groups.”
- 1550 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
- (305) 329-3000
The Homeless Voice
While the Homeless Voice usually invites volunteers to work in person, the shelter moved this year and is instead asking for donations. The minimum donation is $25, which will provide 275 meals. Other payment options include $50, $100 and $200.
- 1203 N Federal Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020
- (954) 924-3571
Big Heart Brigade
With almost 5,000 volunteers, tens of thousands of meals delivered and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to aid the needy, the Big Heart Brigade works to prepare over 70,000 meals for Thanksgiving to deliver them to families in need all over South Florida.
- 5161 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Thousands of volunteers gather on Thanksgiving to aid in cooking and packaging meals, delivering them or both through a variety of local churches available at the convenience of interested volunteers. From Coral Gables to Miami Gardens to Miramar, Branches has attracted volunteers from all over South Florida since 2001.
- Various locations and contact info found on the site
Volunteering is more than just helping others – it’s one of the most fulfilling things one can do. Doing so provides a day of fun and meeting new people, and philanthropic acts remind people that Thanksgiving is a day of charity. While many may enjoy meals on a daily basis, many others don’t, and Thanksgiving is one of the few days they can – with your help.
By Valeria Bula