Thanksgiving in San Diego: 5 Ways to Give Back



It may not look like Hallmark’s picture of fall around us, but it is that time of year when we take time to appreciate the many blessings we have in life, and sit down with our families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving and Christmas land extremely close to each other on the calendar. This has many of us bewildered with the Christmas ads and music everywhere, well before we have had our fill of turkey and stuffing.  Talks of “Black Friday Deals” and actual “Thanksgiving Day Sales” fill the airwaves and newspapers, so much so that the traditions of giving thanks and sharing with those less fortunate get lost in the noise. At Bonded Inc., we take pride in not only being leaders in our industry, but also leaders in our community, and we want to share with you 5 ways to give thanks and share with those less fortunate in San Diego County this Thanksgiving.

Father Joe’s Village 5K Run

What a wonderful way to “burn & earn” the decadent Thanksgiving meal that leaves us all sleepy and inclined to pop open a button.  This 5k is in it’s 12th year and is expecting upwards of 10,000 participants – many of whom dress up in Thanksgiving Day related costume.  This easy 5k moves through Balboa Park, and is a perfect way to kick of your Thanksgiving with the whole family, even your furry friends can join!  Father Joe’s is a highly respected organization that provides shelter, food and services to San Diego’s homeless. For more information, email [email protected] or call 1-800-HOMELESS.

San Diego Food Bank

Nearly half a million people in San Diego live below the poverty level, marked at less than $10,890 per year for individuals and $22,350 for a family of four.  These people are faced with a daily challenge of securing their daily meals, something most Americans cannot imagine. The San Diego Food Bank distributes food through 330 partner charities that include churches, shelters, soup kitchens, and senior centers.  The easiest way to help is by making a monetary donation online or you could get a group together and sponsor your own food drive.  They provide detailed instructions on how to set up a food drive with your employer, your building, or any group of friends that would like to give back this holiday season.

San Diego Rescue Mission

In the month of November, 44,800 meals will be served to the temporary residents at the San Diego Rescue Mission.  Since 1955, this organization has been a staple in San Diego’s support network for the homeless. On average, they provide 12,500 “nights of shelter” and 85,000 “hours of training & rehabilitation care” PER MONTH!  On Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the San Diego Rescue Mission opens their doors to everyone and anyone who would like to enjoy a holiday meal. Your monetary donation can be made online and they also accept  lightly used clothes and goods at several locations, and will even schedule a pick up at your home.  In addition, they accept used automobiles for donations.

Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot, Oceanside 

This event is a local favorite that encourages you and your whole family to come down and help hand out water to over 10,000 runners and walkers participating in the event. Register now at , you do not want to miss out on this!  

Show support to your veterans by walking alongside them in the Veterans Day Parade

Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) needs volunteers of all-ages to walk alongside the STEP Vehicle in the Veterans Day Parade! Everyone who attends will get water, snacks, and an STEP T-Shirt to walk in. They need as many people as possible, so grab your friends and family and sign up now! Contact STEP Volunteer Coordinator Crystal Agoncillo at [email protected] for more information.

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