’Tis the season for fall leaves, turkey and thankfulness.

You’ve all probably seen some of the challenges on social media where someone posts one thing they are thankful for each of the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving.

While this is a great practice, what if we tried something a little different ... say, a 365-day challenge?

It may take a little creativity, and a bit of thinking outside of the box, but if you really take a step back and focus on what you have, as opposed to what you don’t have, it might come a little easier than you think.

In this day and age, with technology and social media and all kinds of distractions, it gets easy to fall into the trend of comparing your journey with others.

As humans, it’s something we can’t avoid. But it is something we can be more aware of and make mental adjustments.

One way to do this is to get outside of your bubble, give back and see life from a different perspective. In Hunt County, there are numerous organizations that are often in need of volunteers.

Enjoy working with kids? Check out CASA for Hunt County, which uses advocates to help abused and neglected children in the court system.

The Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center, which aims to end the cycle of abuse by giving children a voice, has a variety of roles volunteers can sign up for.

Want to help those less fortunate? Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) contributes during the holidays to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to families in need, and their food pantry helps residents year-round.

Authentic Life Fellowship’s “Upward” program helps women transitioning from the prison system and overcome issues through a weekly Bible study session and helps refer women to services like GED programs, free clothing and transportation. The Raffa Clinic provides support and resources for families and expecting parents through an options clinic, pregnancy center and in-school training. Women In Need provides confidential assistance and support to those experiencing family or sexual violence.

Print space won’t allow us to list all of the nonprofit opportunities available in the community, but a quick Google search for “non-profits near me” will give you all the information you need to know and more.

If you don’t feel ready to commit to that stage, check out your local church, school or the library for volunteer opportunities. And don’t overthink it — even a simple drop of coins into a Salvation Army bucket at your local grocery store can make a difference. Not volunteering doesn’t make you a bad person.

But whatever you do, or don’t do, just remember that there is always, always something to be grateful for.

We wish you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


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