Six Ways to Brighten Your Thanksgiving

6 Things to Brighten Your Thanksgiving Holiday

MSV’s Holiday Favorites Playlist

Thanksgiving is here so it’s officially time to break out the Christmas music. If you’re looking for the perfect playlist, look no further. Our holiday experts at MSV made a playlist of Christmas classics, carols, and contemporary seasonal songs just for you.

Meditate on your blessings

Thanksgiving is best when you can pair a bit of gratitude with your pumpkin pie. Lean into those thankful feelings with some gratitude focused meditation. When you need a break from the holiday banter, this article does a great job of explaining how meditation can benefit your mental health and if you need more meditation in your life to get you through the holidays check out the Insight Timer App.

Phone calls and Zoom calls with loved ones

Tis the season to social distance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Pick up the phone (or log into Zoom) and remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Make your video chats extra fun with House Party, a free app that allows you to play a variety of games on your call.

Spread holiday cheer in your community

If you’re feeling generous and looking for a way to spread your holiday cheer, consider purchasing a gift for a child through MSV’s Christmas Store. Check out our Amazon Wishlist filled with toys, books, and gift ideas for the children we serve. You can even send the gifts directly to our centers to create a no hassle Christmas miracle for a local toddler, youth, or teen.

Lean into the holiday spirit

The holidays are here and it’s time to get into the spirit of the season! For ideas on how to get ready to celebrate the holidays, check out this article we created to make your holiday season merry and bright.

Make a pledge to support MSV this Giving Tuesday

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. And Giving Tuesday. Wrap up your holiday shopping season with a gift for MSV! This year, we're focusing our goal on the needs of our school-age e-learners. MSV has opened our after school classrooms to operate full days, five days a week. Our classroom staff monitors are ensuring that students login to their school's e-learning portals and stay engaged all day, while MSV parents remain in their jobs throughout this time of crisis. Your support will help us cover operational costs of offering this service including meals for children, increased bandwidth in our buildings, and newly added support staff who are supporting this program shift.

Head to to make your gift count toward our goal!

marillac st. vincent family services is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, FEIN 36-2109717 privacy policy © 2015 made with ❤ in chicago we’re hiring! get our email newsletter!
  • Foglia Family & Youth Center
    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
  • Marillac Social Center
    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center
    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614