Coming up on the Holiday Season, I thought I would take a look at charities. Do you have any favorites? Personally, I love the Salvation Army and the variety of ways they help those in need. There are many ways to give to the Salvation Army, above and beyond putting money in the bucket during the holiday season.
Looking for a family friendly community service project to volunteer with your children this holiday season? Volunteer to be a bell ringer with the Salvation Army! My family did this last year and it was very rewarding. We volunteered for a short two hour shift as a family ringing bells next to the traditional red kettle. The kids thoroughly enjoyed greeting customers and wishing them a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and thanking them for their donation. They learned how rewarding community service can be, and the importance of giving back.
Giving back to your local food pantry is a great way to help year round, but there seems to be even a great need this time of year. Most communities have numerous food drives throughout the year to support the local food banks. However, if there isn’t a food drive in your community, donating is as simple as contacting your local food pantry coordinator. Some things that are always in need: canned and packaged non-perishables, toiletries, diapers, pullups, paper products, and laundry detergent.
Interested in volunteering instead? Many food pantries are run by local church congregations, but most are open to non-church members volunteering. It may be okay to volunteer with older children, but make sure to check with the volunteer coordinator.
My 10-year old daughter and I volunteer on a rotating basis and she loves it. The first time we volunteered she kept going on and on about how much she loved community service and giving back. I love taking something positive and encouraging lasting life lessons of charity and giving.
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