Give. Thanks.

It’s not too late to generate some good karma as you head into holiday season 2009. Here are a few charitable options:

Run to Feed the Hungry

The popular Thanksgiving Day run (and walk) ranks as one of the largest, most-enjoyed annual outdoor fundraisers in the Sacramento region. Held every year on the morning of the big meal, this event is a great way to start off your Thanksgiving with giving, gratitude … and appreciation of the great outdoors. Last year, almost 30,000 people attended the lively 10K run and 5K run/walk. This year’s 16th Annual Run to Feed the Hungry seeks to raise more money than ever, with event organizers hoping to bring in $800,000 for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

When: Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26th, 2009 (rain or shine!)
Where: Sacramento State, J Street entrance
Race day registration:
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Race start times:
10K 8:45 a.m.
5K 9:05 a.m.
5K fun runners, walkers, strollers and baby joggers to follow 5K runners.

Proceeds: All funds raised benefit the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services which, in addition to other programs, serves 15,000 area residents in need monthly. To donate or volunteer, visit the Web site at or call (916) 456-1980. More information at

Sacramento Loaves & Fishes

This respected local organization assists homeless people all year-round, but especially during the holiday season. Contact them for volunteer opportunities and/or donate food or cash by calling (916) 446-0874 or go to for more information.

The Salvation Army

This charity is one of the city’s largest and most well-known organizations providing regular services to needy families in the Sacramento area, including food and toy drives throughout the upcoming holidays. On Thanksgiving Day, the charity will serve a plentiful meal to any who seek it at its downtown shelter location. For more information or to donate, call (916) 563-3700. For a list of volunteer opportunities, go to

St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children

St. John’s serves homeless women and children in need of shelter and other services in the Sacramento region. Since 1985, the program has provided a safe and supportive haven to almost 23,000 displaced people. A “holiday wish list” for the folk it’s now serving is now or will soon be available on its Web site. For more information about making donations to St. John’s, call (916) 453-1482 or go to