It also included Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity and charitable deeds for local nonprofit organizations.
Queens and Brooklyn have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including the tremendous work of our community-based groups, including park conservancies, business advocates, legal service agencies and civic groups.
They help keep our families in their homes, our small businesses competitive, our communities informed and our local institutions strong.
Just this past week, on the day before Thanksgiving, Communities Resist, a project of Southside United HDFC in north Brooklyn, rallied with Bushwick tenants suffering without heat or gas.
Later that day, Churches United for Fair Housing, another noteworthy Brooklyn organization, hosted its annual Turkey Fried Mission, giving away cooked turkeys to families need it the most.
All over New York City, there are outstanding nonprofits doing work like this and they are fully deserving of our charitable contributions and support.
It could be the Astoria Park Alliance or the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, both of which constantly advocate to better our local green spaces.
You could give to immigrant services groups like the Astoria-based Center for Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA), which works with immigrant families to attain citizenship, learn English and expand civic knowledge.
Consider giving to the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, which supports emerging and established artists, provides programs for local students and is a resource for southeast Queens communities.
The list goes on and on. This holiday season, while you shop for presents and prepare for good times with your family, be sure to also make a donation to these worthy causes and other nonprofits doing good in our communities.