Making a meaningful holidayDecember 12th, 2008 by amy
The holiday season is a great time to give back to others by volunteering your time, money, or talent to those less fortunate. With the US economy officially now in a recession, charitable organizations are especially in need of your support. Giving back is also a great time to teach your children those valuable life lessons (can someone say teachable moment?) - but with a toddler running in circles you can’t exactly see yourself dishing out holidays meals at the local soup kitchen. Here are some creative ways to support organizations with little or no expense, while involving the kids. After all, children learn their values when actively participating and watching those they love.
- Out with the old, in with the new. Ask your children to choose a toy, book or stuffed animal they have outgrown or no longer enjoy and explain to them that other children could use these toys. Collect and donate the toys to any number of organizations such as The Salvation Army. Added bonus? It’s tax-deductible AND you’re making room in the toy bin before the new toys arrive!
- Decorate cookies! Take a favorite holiday past-time and spread holiday cheer, all wrapped up in a delicious frosting-covered cookie. Join a Drop-In and Decorate Cookie Party. The founder, Lydia, even has a guide on how to host your own.
- Toys, Toys, More Toys Use that trip to the toy aisle to have your child choose the perfect gift for another child in need. Pick a child (or more if you can) from Toys for Tots
- Re-Card Have your kids sort through and save all of the holiday cards you receive this season. You can package them up and mail them off to St Jude’s Greeting Card Recycling Program.
Moms by their very nature have to be creative, so we know you have other great ideas about how to volunteer with kids - we’d love to hear them! Need further inspiration or a local resource? Try Volunteer Match.