How to give back for Thanksgiving

Feeling generous? Check out these holiday week outreach opportunities

ThanksCL fileSpending Thanksgiving in Atlanta? Feel like giving thanks by giving back? Check out our list of outreach opportunities below!


Blanket Atlanta With Love 2017: Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. is hosting the culmination of this weeks-long event that is all about collecting and distributing blankets and winter clothes. The commissioner will be distributing the donated items collected at several donation spots around the city. 5-7p.m. Tues. Nov. 21. Fulton County Government Center,130 Peachtree Street S.W.

Adopt A Family For Thanksgiving

Sierra Club and Beer


Friends Giving With The Giving Kitchen

Various Atlanta hospitality and entertainment industry professionals are hosting a holiday benefit with drinks, appetizers, and live music. $5 donation at the door recommended. 8 p.m.-midnight. Tues., Nov. 22. Sports & Social, 829 Battery Ave. S.E, Suite 640. 770-675-9138.


TJWMF First Annual Thanksgiving Feed Our Communities Event: The Julian Wyent Memorial Foundation is looking for volunteers to help pass out hot meals. 9:30 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 23. Hurt Park, 50 Hurt Plaza S.E.

Thanksgiving Day Yoga For Puerto Rico: Candler Park Yoga and instructor William Hufschmidt are hosting a yoga class for all levels. Proceeds go to the citizens of Puerto Rico, who are still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 10-11:30 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 23. Candler Park Yoga, 1630 Dekalb Ave. N.E. 678-249-9642.

Cool Dads Rock Thanksgiving In The Park: The Cool Dads are asking for donations of food, blankets, clothes, money, or even just time in the park packaging and distributing much needed items. 8-11 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 23. Hurt Park, 25 Courtland St. S.E.

Project Warm Up ATL For Thanksgiving: This project is exactly what it sounds like, an opportunity to join Shine His Light Ministries in passing out warm blankets and coats to those in need. 3-6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 23. 84 Walton St. N.W.

Feeding The Public At Coan Park

Operation Thanksgiving Breakfast


Love and Serve Atlanta: Love and Serve is hosting a kid-friendly outreach celebration. Volunteers are encouraged to bring coats, there is a special need for men's XL and XXL. Coffee, pastries, frisbee, soccer balls, and footballs will also be provided. 2 p.m. Fri., Nov. 24. Near the fountain at Hurt Park, 25 Courtland St. S.E.

Fee-Waived Adoptions On ALL Animals: Fulton County Animal Services asks would-be Black Friday shoppers to come and rescue a pet for free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 24. Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd N.W.


Thanksgiving A Little Late At Hurt Park: Love in Deed is extending the Thanksgiving spirit into the following weekend. The organization is accepting donations of blankets, hats, coats, notes of encouragement, and more. 10:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 25. Hurt Park, 25 Courtland St. S.E.

4th Sunday Shelter Build: Madhousers wants help building a much-needed homeless shelter. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 25. Madhousers, 2175 Worthen Ave., Unit B.

Thanksgiving Chili SHO Down: SafeHouse presents a block party with medical care, haircuts, hot meals, and more for the homeless in the community. Volunteers encouraged. 8 a.m-2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 25.
Friends Giving Happy Hour Fundraiser For Georgia Alliance For Social Justice: This one is for anyone dreading certain political commentary at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Like-minded individuals committed to social justice are invited to this Thanksgiving after party benefitting the Georgia Alliance For Social Justice. $10-$50. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 25. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave.

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