Thanksgiving and Christmas are for family gatherings, but can also be times to give back. There are plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area that can use your help during the holiday season. Here are some nonprofits where you can donate your time and money.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has gathered nonperishable foods for decades, but is starting to get creative. From Nov. 7-18, teams of architects and engineers will design giant sculptures of donated canned goods and boxes that nearly reach the ceiling. Add to the Canstruction at 171 and 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station; acfb.org.

Atlanta Mission

While Atlanta Mission prepares 1,000 meals nightly, Thanksgiving dinner will be a special time for fellowship at the homeless shelter. Atlanta Missions is asking for help to Build a Table, with donations of $2.67 for each meal; atlantamission.org.

Christmas365

Cobb County Senior Services will hold its 11th annual Christmas365 on Dec. 7. The event allows homebound clients to enjoy an afternoon of food, gifts, cheer and fellowship. “Adopt a senior” financial donations and donations of new generic items are welcomed. Suggested donation items include blankets, pajamas, hats, gloves and gift cards for food and/or prescriptions; items can be dropped off at Cobb County Multipurpose Facilities, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; CobbSeniors.org.

City of Refuge

Thanksgiving dinner at this Christian ministry will be prepared in the City of Refuge 180° Kitchen, a culinary arts school that trains students for jobs in the hospitality industry; cityofrefugeatl.org.

Hosea Help

For more than 45 years, Hosea Help, formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry, has hosted the largest sit down Thanksgiving dinner in the Southeast. The organization is looking for volunteers to help with clean-up, break-down, security and more during the event that will provide up to 7,000 dinners and 5,000 hand delivered meals; 4hosea.org.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

With a heart for seniors, Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting a canned food collection during the month of November; mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.

Meals on Wheels

One out of every six seniors in Georgia is food insecure. The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels operates throughout the Atlanta area.

To volunteer in:
Cherokee County, call 770-345-5320 or 770-345-5312.
Cobb County, call 770-528-5381.
DeKalb County, call Senior Connections at 770-455-7602.
Gwinnett County, call 678-377-6716.
North Fulton County, call 770-993-1906.

Written by Grace Huseth

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