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Top 5 Ways to Give and Get Back

In Feature Stories, November 2019 by Lauren Kruchten1 Comment

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Helping Hand Mission

Drop off clothes, furniture, toys and household items for families in need at collection boxes in shopping centers across Wake County. Or donate cash to support Helping Hand’s New Bern House Soup Kitchen and other services.

Wake County Holiday Cheer

Community sponsors pair with local families to provide Thanksgiving meals. Professionals may also donate time or services, including hair stylists and cosmetologists, home and auto repair, housekeeping, child care and veterinary services.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Donate money to go toward holiday meals for families in need starting this month through the new year. Every $10 donation provides up to 50 meals, with opportunities to match donations.

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The Salvation Army of Wake County

Donate groceries for holiday meal baskets to help Wake County families celebrate Thanksgiving. Accepted items include cans of green beans, cream of mushroom soup and sweet potatoes, boxes of stuffing, frozen pies and whole turkeys. Deliver donations to the food pantry at 1863 Capital Blvd.

InterAct Holiday Bazaar

InterAct transforms into a store for families seeking new starts to “shop” for their loved ones each year for one weekend. Call ahead to drop off gifts for kids, gift cards and wrapping supplies at Interact’s offices at 1012 Oberlin Rd.


Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Shepherd’s Table serves lunch to 200-300 people each weekday, including on Thanksgiving Day when the soup kitchen hosts a full holiday spread. Volunteers prepare food and serve until noon, followed by a light cleanup.

Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen
Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Individual and group volunteers sort and repack bulk food items and produce, help partner agencies pick up food and build disaster relief boxes. Or organize a food drive at your office, church or in your community.

Food Bank CENC
Food Bank CENC

Meals on Wheels Wake County

Volunteer to deliver hot meals to older adult and disabled clients weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. The program also provides opportunities for volunteers to check on the clients’ wellbeing and ensure their safety. 

Raleigh Rescue Mission’s Gobbles to Go

On Thanksgiving Day, help assemble ham and turkey dinners for elderly, shut-in and low-income people and families in Wake County. Activities include portioning meals, slicing, packaging and bagging meals for Gobbles to Go drivers.

Warmth for Wake

During the cold weather months, volunteer to cut, split and deliver firewood to low-income residents of Wake County. Work sessions are held Saturday mornings in two locations in Raleigh.

Raise Money for Charity

Urban Ministries of Wake County’s 2019 Stone Soup Supper

November 14
McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St.

This annual soup-making competition raises money to provide food, healthcare, shelter and more to those in need. Local chefs compete to prepare the most “soup”-erior soups; a ticket buys you a taste of each.

Stone Soup Supper
Stone Soup Supper

Light the Way Gala

November 21
1705 E Millbrook Road

Support Wake County children in foster care. Ticket and silent auction sales go towards Wake GAL’s special needs and educational programs. Tickets cover appetizers, wine, beer, raffles; New York Times bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter is guest speaker.

Give Gala

November 22

Instead of paying cash, providing a service, gift or talent to children with serious illnesses buys you a ticket to the gala. Past offerings include NC State basketball tickets, gift cards for gas, grocery stores or restaurants, photography sessions and hair/spa services. Or, fulfill a patient request directly. 

Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry

Host your own Friendsgiving fundraiser through social media, a foot race, raffles or other strategy. Participants get a Friendsgiving toolkit to plan and a fundraising website and access to online resources. Every $10 you raise can feed a child up to 100 meals.

Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry
Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry

Museum Store Sunday

December 1

Get your holiday shopping done and support local museums! More than 1,200 museums across the nation—including the City of Raleigh Museum and the NC Science and History Museums— participate. Each purchase you make support’s the museums’ mission and programming.

Turkey Trots

Trophy Trot 10K

November 28, 8 a.m.
Dorothea Dix Park
Benefits: Healing Transitions and the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy

Raleigh Turkey Trot

November 28, 8 a.m.
Ridgewood Shopping Center
8K run and 100-yard kids’ dash
Benefits: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Gobbler’s Run 5K

November 28, 8 a.m.
Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club
Benefits: Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club

Skinny Turkey 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

November 28, 7:30 a.m.
Wakefield High School
Benefits: Wakefield High School and the Just Think First Program

Turkey Chase

November 30, 8:30 a.m.
William B. Umstead State Park – Reedy Creek Shelter #2
5K, 10K or 20K
Benefits: Fit & Able Productions

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