It's hard to believe that the Thanksgiving holiday is here. For many of us, that means spending time with family, relaxing, and perhaps even scoring a few holiday bargains.

For schools and parent groups, it's also become a popular time to encourage students to give back to their communities. A community service project doesn't have to be daunting or huge in scope; every little bit really does count, and there are lots of efforts that are easy to organize. Such ideas include organizing a food drive, starting a shoe or clothing collection, cleaning up outside, and supporting an animal shelter.

Our new Community Service topic page provides lots of ideas for organizing meaningful community service projects -- any time of year. We also have a Student Community Service Projects slideshow with great ideas that show kids embracing the spirit of volunteerism in some truly heartwarming ways.

Our best wishes for a peaceful and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday.