With Thanksgiving a few days away, we're making it easy for you & your family to have a fun & festive holiday. Over the years we have compiled thanksgiving tips from fellow moms and dads about the holiday. From travel advice to traditions, we've got ya covered!
In Brooklyn over the Thanksgiving break?
Meal ideas for the foodies!
Find local grocers, boutique caterers, restaurants, and food delivery services to help with meal prep so that turkey and trimmings (cooked or uncooked) can be delivered right to your door! Check out the PSP roundup for neighborhood businesses cooking up some yummy provisions.
Outta here for the holiday?
Check out our tried, true and trusted PSP Traveling with Kids section of the website to make your travels easier with information such as:
We’re starting “Giving Tuesday” early! Donate your gently used (or new!) winter gear items to the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. They need:
• Winter Coats
• Gloves, hats and scarves
• Sweaters & Hoodies
Old Stone House: Saturday and Sunday, November 22 & 23, 11am – 4pm
South Slope: 438 12th Street (doorman), now through Wednesday Nov 26, 9am-8pm.
BFJC is an umbrella organization of non-profits in Brooklyn whose mission is to help victims of domestic violence. It does this by housing these many organizations under one roof to provide easier access to the programs (legal, financial, emotional) these folks need. PSP has worked with the BFJC since it opened in 2005.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE (and give Thanks)
Our local organizations need help! Here are a few ways you & your family can help the community. Organizations include our local favorites like CHIPS, CBE Feeds and Church of Gethsemane. NOTE: Most family volunteer opportunities for T-Day are FULL.Also-- if you're out shopping for the holidays pick up an extra toy or two for the Toys for Tots drive. PSP has been co-sponsoring this drive for the last 8 years. We'll post the drop-off locations next week after we get the boxes wrapped and in!Every little bit helps!
Please SHOP LOCAL this season! November 29th is Small Business Saturday! Support the local stores that keep our Brooklyn neighborhoods great! Make sure to check out our PSP Member Discounts to save while you shop!Come out to the Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, 11-29th at 6:30pm at 5th Ave & 3rd Street. See Santa and Frosty and have cookies, hot chocolate, singing and performances!
Jingle Bell Jamboree is on Saturday, December 13th @ 7pm at Congregation Beth Elohim. It's a lot of fun and PSP is there with face snowflakes and Frosty! Bring your singing voice and a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
See you around the Slope!
Susan, Rachel and Melissa
IT’S ALMOST THANKSGIVING--HOW CAN YOU HELP??
There have been quite a few requests asking about ways to give this Thanksgiving season. Here are 5 ways to make a difference this weekend (and beyond)!
In addition to THIS PSP article about helping local food pantries any day of the week, here are some resources & tips to guide you about volunteering Thanksgiving 2014.
Be sure to visit the PSP Volunteer Section HERE to view all local organizations in need to help throughout the year.
2014 Volunteer Information
Thanksgiving Pie Drive
Help make this year’s Thanksgiving Lunch a memorable one for Park Slope Seniors! CBE is seeking donations of pies, cakes, and other baked goods for Park Slope Senior Citizens Center’s Thanksgiving Lunch on Monday, November 24, 2014. All home and baked good welcome!
Drop off your donations off at CBE (274 Garfield on 8th Ave) from Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23rd 2014.
For more information please contact Bobbie: or 718.768.3814 ext.210
We asked our members about how to winterize NYC homes and here are their helpful replies...
Tips from Parents:
1. Get an energy audit
"You should call for an Energy Audit. I’m having ours done next Wednesday, I’m not sure of the cost yet but I believe it is covered by various incentives. After the audit you can become eligible for incentives offered by National Grid and NY SERDA for up to 20% of the cost of any weatherization measures done. We had a free audit done by a guy from National Grid who was knowledgeable but he was basically there to get people to take advantage of the weatherization incentives (which need an actual audit to qualify). My feeling is that no matter how much we spend on weatherization, we’ll get it back in lower heating bills."
"National Grid has a service for businesses or multi-family dwellings where they do have an online analyzer and an onsite audit etc. Check it out here."
2. Insulate any drafty places, like an attic.
"The most important measure is probably insulating the attic and sealing any airspaces up there (If you insulate without sealing, you are basically creating a giant, expensive air filter). If your house is a rowhouse, you probably aren’t losing too much energy from the walls."
Parent safety reminder: "Is your house ventilated? You don’t want to start sealing everything up and not have enough clean ventilation."
For many of us today is an day off from school and a time when we try to arrange things to do with the kids to fill the time. I did, however, want to take a minute to also remind folks that it’s Veterans Day, a day to remember the soldiers who have served (or are serving) in the nations armed forces. Do you know that it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November (the 11th month) of 1918 they signed the Armistice Treaty (I didn’t). And the difference between Memorial Day (honoring those who have died) and Veterans Day (honoring all soldiers past and present)?
The History Channel has a little history lesson on today’s date (see here), and there are lots of YouTube Videos that you can watch about the day and honoring soldiers. There is also a Veterans Day Parade in the city. It kicks off at 11:15 from 26th Street and 5th Ave up to 52nd. It’s also televised on some of the major networks. Lots to watch and read about the day.