November 13, 2023

The holiday season has arrived, bringing with it a cornucopia of opportunities to express gratitude and make a difference in the lives of those around us. Beyond the feasts and football games, Thanksgiving offers a chance for us to embrace the true essence of the holidays: Giving back. From lending a helping hand to making intentional use of your time and resources, there are a multitude of ways to make a difference in Chatham Park and its surrounding area this season.

Read on as we explore some of the best ways to embrace the spirit of giving during this special time of year, transforming Thanksgiving gratitude into actions that have a lasting impact well beyond the holidays.

Share the Bounty
Donating to a food drive is one of the best ways to make a difference in the lives of local families this season – and ensure those in need experience the warmth and togetherness that Thanksgiving represents. This month, Chatham Park is partnering with CORA Food Pantry – a nonprofit organization that serves residents facing food insecurity in Pittsboro – on our second annual Thanksgiving food drive.

Looking to donate? The food drive runs through November 20 and donations can be delivered to Vineyards Sales & Information Center (500 Vine Parkway, Pittsboro NC) from 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 1-5pm on Sundays.

Some of the most appreciated items this month include:

  • Mac and Cheese
  • Boxed Stuffing and Cornbread Mix
  • Canned Fruits and Veggies
  • Cereal, Soup, and Pasta
  • Pie, Cookie, and Brownie Mix

Volunteer Your Time
Giving back doesn’t always have to involve money; your time and skills can be equally as valuable! Try searching online for local organizations or charity events in a category you’re passionate about. If you enjoy making a difference through food, spend a day preparing and serving meals at a soup kitchen. Love animals? Check local animal shelters to see how you can volunteer and provide helpful care to furry friends this time of year. Bringing Christmas cheer and offering companionship at an assisted living facility or nursing home is also an opportunity to make a heartfelt difference.

Looking to get connected locally? View some of Chatham Park’s Pittsboro-area recommendations here. Many charities and organizations have strong give-back programs throughout the year, so browse their other initiatives and continue making a difference through 2024!

Shop Local
There’s nothing better than holiday markets. Did you know supporting local business owners and artisans can bring a myriad of benefits to your community? When you choose to shop locally, you are helping sustain entrepreneurial passions, encourage sustainability, and nurture the cultural fabric of your community. These types of businesses can also offer one-of-a-kind products that make holiday gift-giving extra special.

Make plans to attend a local holiday market, like MOSAIC’s Holiday Festival on December 2 from 2-5pm, order takeout or delivery from small business restaurants, or purchase gift cards from local artisans and creators. You can also participate in Small Business Saturday on November 25 to support Pittsboro’s dedicated small business owners and make a difference with your holiday shopping!

Whether you choose to lend a hand to those in need, volunteer your time, or support local businesses, there are so many ways to embody the spirit of giving this holiday season. Join us in spreading joy and generosity in our community – and beyond – as we strive to make a meaningful, lasting difference together.

Chatham Park fosters a lifestyle of positive impact for those In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived. From our many opportunities for community connection to our ecoSelect Plus certified homes, Water Recovery Center, and sustainable solar farm, Chatham Park is dedicated to making a difference. Interested in the Chatham Park lifestyle? Explore the 8,500 acres of our Live, Work, Play, & Learn community—and beyond here.