Give Back as a Family
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. For many people, the season of gratitude is a great reminder to give back to those in need—whether it be by donating to a food drive, volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving money to a favorite charity. For parents like us, Thanksgiving season offers the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the importance of giving back to one’s community. And there’s no better way to do it than as a family! We’ve put together a few family-driven ways to embrace this “teachable moment” and set a great example by instilling the spirit of giving in kids. After all, kindness counts!
- Donating Goods
Make donating goods a family affair! Here’s how to get the whole crew involved:
- Food Drives: Have kids go through cupboards with you to identify canned goods and boxed items that your family can donate to your local food drive. Ask older kids to check expiration dates to ensure freshness, and give younger kids the job of sorting or placing items in boxes. Or take a trip to the grocery store together and let kids help pick out items to buy and donate. By loading items onto the grocery belt and helping to bag and deliver goods, they’ll feel like an important part of the process.
- Clothing Donations: Donating clothing is a win-win. You get to eliminate clutter and help those in need at the same time. Plus, you’re keeping items out of landfills by giving them a second life! Have kids play “fit model” by trying on clothing and seeing what no longer fits. They can also help sort, fold and bag clothing, and/or accompany you to the drop-off site.
- Toy Drives: Many organizations, such as Toys for Tots, collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need during the holiday season. To get your kids involved, take them to the toy store and have them pick out a gift that they think a little boy or girl their age might like. They’ll love getting to weigh in with a kid’s perspective!
- Donating Time
There’s no better way for parents and kids to bond than to do some good together. Here are some of our favorite ideas for pitching in as a family:
- Visit VolunteerMatch to locate volunteer opportunities in your area. You can filter your search by “kids” to find age-appropriate activities that all family members can participate in—from park cleanups to animal rescue efforts and more.
- Check with your school, place of worship or community groups to see if they need any assistance with charitable programs. Is the PTA collecting toiletries for a local women’s shelter? Volunteer your family to design, print and distribute flyers to get the word out. Is your child’s scout troop visiting a nursing home for holiday caroling? Dress your spouse and kids in cute matching sweaters and attend as a family to belt out holiday tunes.
- Don’t wait for a formally organized effort to spread kindness or lend a hand. Pay a family visit to an elderly neighbor who may be lonely, or buy a bunch of craft supplies and sit down together to make holiday cards for the troops. Welcome the new family in town by shopping for and assembling a basket of goodies. Bonus points if you include Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.
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