The season of giving is upon us.

The next few weeks, we’ll receive constant reminders of the needs at the local food banks and of efforts done by other nonprofits. We should all make a point to take a break from the hectic holiday shopping to focus on those who really don’t have the abundance we’ve been given.

An easy way to start is to help out with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene, on Thanksgiving Day.

This will be the fifth year the church has opened its doors to those not fortunate enough to feed their families the traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Why not share the joy of Thanksgiving by doing just that — being thankful for what we have and giving to those who aren’t as blessed as we are.

The organizers are seeking volunteers to donate food, to help serve and to deliver food to homebound recipients.

For more information on how to help, call 503-981-9070.

The doors will open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. So even if you have plans with family, you could take some time out of the day, help at the church and head home for a late afternoon meal with family.

Participating in these kinds of events not only teaches us about the spirit of the day, but it would be a great lesson to teach your children as well. What better way is there to kick off the season of giving?

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