Its the most wonderful time of the year and (if you’d rather not raise spoiled, selfish kids) volunteer and community service projects are ALWAYS a great way to remind them what the “season of giving” is REALLY about. Here is a quick list of 10 of my suggestions to get your kids involved this and every holiday season to come. Happy Holidays all!
1) Choose and purchase $10 wish list items from a giving tree (find these at your local Walmart or some restaurants) These are Christmas trees on display with ornaments or paper start listing a few facts about less fortunate kids Christmas wishes, maybe a first name and their age. We’ve found requests for everything from a Barbie doll to a pair of socks!
2) Get a group together to go volunteer at a shelter, food bank, Meals on Wheels, soup kitchen, church, etc. Call ahead to make arrangements!
6) Create and send Holiday cards for soldiers. Be sure not to use glitter or loose objects and label each card generically so they can go to ANY soldier. Also, don’t place cards in single envelopes, collect a bunch and place them in a manila envelope, add postage and send the collection off that way.
4) Create, package and ship out “Hygiene Kits” for Church World Service. This is a year round opportunity and they even have School Kits too! Click the link for FULL details!
5) Arrange tutoring sessions for teens to help younger kids learn simple math, reading, writing, etc at a local daycare facility. Maybe even art projects and board games.
6) Buy a small Christmas tree, decorate it with homemade or store-bought items and donate it to a local children’s hospital or nursing home.
7) Volunteer to read Christmas books/stories to elderly at a nursing home with adult supervision. Call ahead to arrange the visit.
8) Create jigsaw puzzles with happy images/messages for Alzheimer patients (solving puzzles & other mental activities slows down loss of brain function in Alzheimer patients) and drop them off to a local nursing home. This is also a great project to donate to facilities housing disabled adults or kids.
9) Find a local business or organization collecting unwrapped Toys for Tots and volunteer to wrap all the toys donated!
10) Organizing local food drives (canned goods, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for homeless, etc) are always a winner! Maybe add some holiday joy by collecting candy canes or holiday cookies (wrap in saran wrap with red and green twisty ties and voila!)
Note: The Bible Says…
Acts 20:35 | In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
2 Corinthians 9:7 | Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Timothy 6:18 | Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
Hebrews 13:16 | And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.