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Ways to Turn Your Sunday Suppers into a Charity Lesson

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Today, people have such hectic lifestyles that they don’t make it a priority to sit down and have a meal together. With different schedules and extracurricular activities, it is difficult to feed yourself, much less an entire family. January is National Sunday Supper Month—a time to bring back attention to the waning tradition of Sunday suppers. But, while having a dinner together as a family is a priceless way to reconnect after a hectic week, consider how great it would feel to donate your time together to a charity by making dinner for others. There are various ways to do this, depending on where you live. Below are two ideas.

The Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House has locations throughout the country near major hospitals and serves as a temporary home for families with children who are seeking medical treatment. While families are staying at a Ronald McDonald House, they need to eat and rely on the kindness of volunteers to prepare meals for them. These volunteers offer a service for families going through incredibly difficult times. All it takes is two hours of your time to allow families to enjoy meals together while staying close to their sick kids.

Find a Ronald McDonald House near you by clicking here.

Local Soup Kitchens

While some of us take a hot meal for granted, for others, any type of meal is appreciated. Many hardworking people struggle to feed their families and rely on local soup kitchens to get them through tough times. Initially invented by gangster Al Capone, soup kitchens rely on volunteers and charitable donations to help the people in their communities. Like most volunteering experiences, volunteering at a soup kitchen is a very rewarding experience, which in turn can be beneficial to your overall health and well-being. And since there is strength in numbers, volunteering together as a family or with friends—even one time—will most likely give your whole family a better appreciation for the meals that they enjoy regularly.

Make Sunday dinners much more valuable and meaningful while you get to savor each other’s company and do something that means so much to others in the community.  All you have to do is pick a date and contact your local Ronald McDonald House or soup kitchen. Be sure to take pictures of your family working together, and use #SundaySupper to post your event on social media during the month of January.

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