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Ways to Give Back this Thanksgiving

I love the Holidays all the cheer it brings, but I do have to remind myself that I am fortunate to enjoy the cheer with my family and friends each year. If you’re looking for small or big ways to give back, see some suggestions below. Please scroll down to read about a local family in need this Holiday. This is why this website exists – to make our community stronger, so when someone reaches out for help, I will always try to share. If you know of a family in need in our community, please don’t hesitate to reach out with their story.

Volunteer

  • Thanksgiving Day Fall Feast – Joing the Crossroads Fall Feast is a city-wide meal held each Thanksgiving Day at Duke Energy Center. Hundreds of volunteers prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to people who might not otherwise enjoy one, and guests receive gifts such as free coats, haircuts, vision screenings and flu shots.
  • Free Store Foodbank – head down anytime or make it special this year by giving your morning to those in need. Great for kids who are older and will understand their impact!
  • Matthew 25: Ministries – Great to do as a group! The donated goods we receive must be sorted, counted, packaged, and put on pallets ready for shipment to various parts of the world. There is a job for everyone!
  • St. Vincent De Paul –  Donate a toy to their Angel Toy program or help put together Thanksgiving Day Baskets.

Donate

Make it fun tradition! I just ordered this personalized Santa bag that we will use each year to fill up with toys we don’t love anymore and send them off to be donated to one of the places below. How do you donate with your family?

  • Toys for Tots – their is a location on Edwards next to Castle House for drop offs!
  • Run the Annual Turkey Trot – Run the race or pick one of their charities it benefits and donate from the comfort of your home!
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – There are so many ways to give to the hospital this Holiday!
  • Kenzie’s Closet – This was founded in honor of my classmate, Kenzie, who was killed in a car accident in highschool. Kenzie’s Closet provides prom attire for young ladies attending accredited high schools in the Tri-State area.  Services are provided at no cost to Juniors and Seniors with financial need.
  • Oakley Goodwill Store – Grab some old toys that the kids don’t love and donate – could not be simpler!

Donate To a Local Mom in Need

During the December Walk on Woodburn (WoW), the Queen City Kitchen and a few East Walnut Hills neighbors are hosting a fundraiser for Lakisha Jackson and her family at Cafe DeSales, with a silent auction with prizes generously donated by Cedric Michael Cox, Core Clay, Fabulous Frames and Art, Geers of Change, MS&Trope Clay, Pistachio Press, Salon DeSales, The Genesis Collection, Woodburn Games, Your Friends & Neighbors, and more. We are raising funds to assist with monthly bills, medical expenses and food for the children. Please bring your generous spirit to this event to help a family in need this holiday season!

Lakisha Jackson has been with the Queen City Kitchen food pantry for over a year, first as the Chef Assistant and more recently in the Kitchen Manager position. In October, she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her breast, spine and lungs. Lakisha is 34 years old and is the sole provider for her four beautiful children. She is currently undergoing radiation therapy while her children stay with family.

Donate to her GoFundMe Page if you are not attending the walk!

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