Created By: Jallen on December 29, 2013 Last Edited By: Jallen on January 19, 2014

Holiday Volunteering

Characters volunteer around family holidays (normally Thanksgiving and Christmas).

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It's a big public holiday but our characters have decided that rather than spend the day stuffing their faces, drinking themselves into obviation or spending a quiet day at home, they're going to give up their free time and help out those less fortunate.

The holiday in question varies; in the USA it's likely to be Thanksgiving while in other countries Christmas is going to be the top spot, but the traditional job is normally serving out food in a homeless shelter/soup kitchen. Expect a clash of class, quirky characters and for somebody to learn the True Meaning of Christmas.

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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Carlton and Hilary volunteer at a homeless shelter but purely for their own interests; Carlton wants a note of recommendation to help get into Princeton, while Hilary wants to promote her TV show by filming a sob story for Thanksgiving. After the food runs out the two pay for a posh meal complete with waiters and Hilary decides not to exploit the poor for one day of the year.
  • Glee: Sue attempts to recruit homeless shelter volunteers for Christmas hoping to get the Glee Club.
  • Coronation Street: Sophie drags Sally to a shelter on Christmas 2013. Only for Sophie get into a fight with one homeless girl who shoved one of their faces into a dessert. Her purse gets stolen soon after and of course she blames it on the girl.
  • Keeping Up Appearances has a Christmas Special where Richard is forced to dress up as Father Christmas as he hands out gifts to the old people at the Church Hall. Only he gets drunk on cherry and Emmet has to take over.

Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • December 29, 2013
    In Arthur's Perfect Christmas (no relation to Arthur Christmas) we learn that Binky and his family volunteer at the shelter on Christmas. He spends the show giving out practice desserts he's made and getting feedback - like you're supposed to shell pecans before making them into pie.
  • December 29, 2013
    • Thirty Rock: Tracy finds a $50,000 gift card for a chain of restaurants (that expires in a day) on Leap Day. After realizing he couldn't spend it all himself he invites everybody from the local Soup Kitchen to join him.
    • In the How I Met Your Mother episode "Belly Full of Turkey" Robin and Ted have no plans for Thanksgiving and decides to help out at a soup kitchen. Only when they get there they learn that Barney is already there, although only as a part of his community service. The trio gets kicked out after giving away "rare" food stuffs the normal volunteers steal and end up in a strip-club. The act of charity in the end is Ted paying for a lap-dance.
    • The Golden Girls episode "Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas" Stan (once again) attempts to get the girls to invest in his business. They're not interested and instead head off to the soup kitchen to volunteer, where they find Stan in the line.
  • January 1, 2014
    • Dont Trust The B In Apartment 23 has a episode where James volunteers to join a celebrity soup kitchen in order to get publicity and is unpleasantly surprised when he and Luther actually have to work.
    • Futurama: In the episode "Xmas Story" Bender volunteers at a Liquor Kitchen (for homeless robots) only to pose as a homeless robot himself and drinks all the free booze. In the end he invites some of the robots back to have Christmas dinner with the rest of planet express.
    • Bad Education Christmas Special has Miss Gulliver attempting to persuade her students to volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  • January 6, 2014
    • Seventh Heaven episode "Here Comes Santa Claus" each one of the kids had to do a good deed over the holiday season; Matt became a mall Santa, Mary volunteered at the soup-kitchen (and was happy that a hot boy was recruited alongside her) while Simon was determined to help Ruthie keep her faith in Santa.
    • Home Improvement episode "The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry" has Randy volunteers at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving. While leaving one of the regulars is upset about spending the day at a shelter so Jill invites him back for a meal at theirs.
    • At the end of a NCIS Los Angeles episode Deeks and Kensi get Santa hats and help feed the homeless, after spending the whole episode thinking Deeks had a hot date.
    • Gilmore Girls has Paris attempting to volunteer at a soup kitchen over thanksgiving so she can put it on her college application, only to be told they don't need anymore;
      Who are all these jackasses who volunteered anyway? They can't all be students like me. They're not all putting it on a college application. I get something out of it and these other people don't get a thing. Talk about selfish.
  • January 6, 2014
    MASH: During several Christmases the 4077th hosts the children from nearby orphanages instead of getting blind stinking drunk as they would've done otherwise.
  • January 19, 2014
    So bump; probably just launch this soon provided there are no objections.