The holidays can be lonely for so many. Although the music we hear on the radio and in stores tells us that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, being away from family can make the last six weeks of the year incredibly hard. What if this year could be different?

What if this year we chose to gather with friends and neighbors and use our time and resources to make a difference in the lives of children who need to know they are seen, loved and cherished?

Here are three ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving when you can’t be with family:

  1. Foundation Communities provides housing to Upbring’s BeREAL participants, and they invite you to help make the holidays special by helping to fill a wishlist for a Foundation Communities family, sponsoring a family, donating items or making an online donation. Learn More.
  2. Help Operation Turkey meet their goal of serving 50,000 meals, as well as care packages and clothing, to Lubbock’s homeless this Thanksgiving. Learn more about how you can serve the Lubbock community this year.
  3. Give back while you shop! Properly-fitting shoes are essential items that boost the self-esteem and confidence of children in foster care. This holiday season, BEARPAW is partnering with Ticket to Dream to provide thousands of pairs of warm, comfortable and fashionable boots. Purchase a pair of boots at from Nov. 24-Dec. 11, and BEARPAW will donate a pair of boots to a child in foster care.

We’re thankful for you!

As part of the Upbring family, we are so thankful for you and all of our partners, volunteers and community friends who help us continue on our mission to break the cycle of child abuse. However you’re spending your holiday this year, know that we will be counting YOU among our many blessings.

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