Tis The Season To Serve Others With Your Kids!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and there are plenty of big and small ways to show you care while getting your kids in on the act. Seeing your example will be the best lesson they’ll learn this all-you-can-eat Turkey season.
Volunteer service as a family keeps on giving because your children will remember the activity long after the holiday season!
To get your family’s creative ideas flowing…
3 Friends of VolunteerSpot,
Kristen of WeAreThatFamily lists 100 simple service ideas to complete with kids!
Our favorites are listed, which would you choose to work with your family?
- Bake up cookies for your local fire station.
- Serve at home: make each other’s beds, clean up someone else’s mess.
- Give blood. (Take your kids with you and explain the importance.)
- Decorate a Christmas tree at an elderly person’s house.
- Smile. At everyone.
- Pay for someone’s drink in Starbuck’s drive-thru.
Make sure your kids recognize and enjoy the act of kindness.
Have you seen the DoSomeThing.org folks?
“Using the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline.”— Is their motto.
First step: Help your kid find ‘their thing’. Next step… TAKE ON THE WORLD!
- Use the online zipcode finder to locate projects near you!
- Check out the ‘Project of the Day’ to see what other kids are doing around the nation.
- Purchase the book, and encourage your kid to get out there and FIND their THING!
- Click on the ‘Browse Projects’ link and search the cool ‘keyword cloud’ for ideas. (I clicked on substance abuse and was totally impressed with the projects going on!)
- Check out the DoSomething list of scholarships for kids who ‘found their THING’!
We are always super impressed with the ideas HandsOnNetwork.org comes up with.
Take note of these 5 community spots to dive in and volunteer… then see if you can come up with 5 more!
- Hunger or Housing
From the simple projects you can complete in a few hours, to the larger long-term service commitments, opportunities to serve with your family this holiday season are out there! Make a plan and follow through. The memories you help create from start to finish will last well into the new year, and your kids are sure to gain more from the giving of time than from the getting of stuff!
What project will your family take on this Holiday Season? Let us know on our Facebook page!
And make sure to check out our free e-book full of ideas for family volunteering!