photo credit: Yours Truly taken at the Reed home, SomewherejustofftheCape, MA, Thanksgiving 2014

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away it is easy to get lost in grocery lists (who am I kidding, I handle the wine), table settings, travel plans (who’s DDing) and the inevitable hustle and bustle of holiday shopping (Black Friday – yikes). But as important as the perfect holiday meal, cocktail party and gifts given and received, giving thanks for our family and friends, our health and our home, is at the heart of what makes this season so special. And in acknowledging all we have, however grand or modest, giving a little back to the community seems only fitting. Here are a few local ways to give a little this season…

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Dogwatch Cafe is matching donations given at the restaurant. For every turkey purchased by a customer ($15 buys one turkey, just ask your server to add it to your check) the owners will buy one too. And with all the great off-season specials they are offering, it is a no-brainer to stop in for a deal and pay it forward.


Giving Back in 1717 Style


movie-federal-parlor-reading-150x150The Denison Homestead Museum presents their Harvest Festival, November 22nd from 11am to 3pm, with a live cooking demo on their circa 1717 hearth, textile displays and other fun activities to keep the kiddos and history enthusiasts entertained. Help support a local historic landmark (admission is $5) and bring a non-perishable food item for discounted admission (kids under 12 are free). FYI, the “Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm raised 3,500 pounds of fresh, organic vegetables for the region’s hungry families, and reached 968 households in nine communities at the end of its second growing season.” Click here to read the full article. Amazing!

HomeGoods for Good

Fellow Maxxinista and other half of SFLiving, Kimberly, shared that HomeGoods in New London is accepting monetary donations for the New London Community Meal Center, a community “soup kitchen” that is at risk of running out of funds by the end of the year. Read more about all work done by NLCMC here.

Light a Light

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“The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut is proud to present the Tree of Life, a non-denominational tree lighting ceremony memorializing loved ones while also benefiting the programs and services of Masonicare….[which] provides quality, compassionate home health and hospice care to patients and their families.” The local ceremony will be held at the Mystic Arts Center, November 22nd, 5pm to 7pm. For more information and to download a donation form, visit their website here.

Give to our Neighbors

We could not leave out our friends at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, who are hard at work year-round serving our community. Deadlines for holiday donations are Friday, November 13th for Thanksgiving and December 11th for Christmas. But don’t let the deadlines govern your giving, PNC is always there for our community providing food, diapers, rides for the elderly – you name it – so stop in any time or make a donation online here.

Cheers to all the individuals, businesses and organizations giving this season!


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