While the holidays can be both busy and stressful, they also are a time for helping others and giving back to the community.
Wondering what you can do this season with your family, your co-workers, or by yourself to help someone in need?
Here are some easy suggestions from Danvers Patch.
1. Feed the Hungry: is looking for volunteers Thanksgiving week to help feed more than 1000 hungry residents of the North Shore. Learn more in today's .
2. Special Offer: is offering a new patient exam for the cost of five non-perishable food items (which includes all necessary x-rays, and a complete spinal exam) The exam needs to be scheduled by November 23, and all of the proceeds go to Danvers .
3. Support Danvers Students: Participate in Danvers' annual , by making a tree of your own, or by purchasing raffle tickets next week. Learn more about the .
4. 's Giving Garden: This holiday season five different trees at the mall will be dedicated to five local charities/organizations: Haven for Hunger, Operation Troop Support, Hope On Wheels, Salvation Army and DEEP (Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership). Each tree will contain ornaments of wishes specific to the charities/organizations which shoppers can chose from, purchase the item listed on the ornament, and it will then be distributed to the appropriate charity/organization. Help bring a smile to those in need this holiday season and take a walk through Liberty Tree Mall's Giving Garden (opens November 22.)
5. First Annual Sounds of the Holidays Concert: On Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. is hosting the first annual to benefit the All attendees are requested to bring a substantial donation of non-perishable food. The event is sponsored by: Living Legacy Financial Group, Inc. and .
6. Support the Troops: Did you know plain white crew socks are the most requested item by the soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Learn more about .
7. Toys for Tots: Starting on Nov. 30, toys can be dropped off at the for to benefit children in need. Donors are asked to give new, unwrapped toys with non-violent themes, designed for either boys or girls, ages newborn to 18. The last day to submit gifts is Dec. 17.
If you know of a great way to give back in town this holiday season, please share it in the comments or add an event to our calendar.