The holiday season is here, bringing joy and delight to so many. However, this time of year can be less than joyful for those less fortunate. One of the best things we can do for our children, is showing them how to give back to their communities. Here are 5 simple ways to give back this holiday season.
- Practice random acts of kindness
These acts can be as grand or as small as you wish. Blogger YummyMummy has great ideas to spread joy. Her examples include: paying for the person behind you in line, leaving a reusable shopping bag in a fellow grocery shopper’s cart, or leaving bubbles on the bench at the park. These acts are easy and inexpensive, but leave a big impact.
- Youthful Joy
Retirement communities are great places to volunteer with your children during the holidays. An hour or two of your time will leave a lasting impact on those who may not get many visitors, or don’t have the holiday spirit. Whether you and your kids are singing carols, or delivering treats, a little effort goes a long way.
Holiday cards bring a great deal of happiness to their recipients, especially when they are homemade. The organization, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, sends your cards to children in hospitals across the United States. Break out the construction paper and glitter, and have some fun with your kids while delivering cheer to those who need it most.
The Jenkintown Food Cupboard offers opportunities for volunteering and donation during the holiday season, and all year long. Gather nonperishable items and used clothing, donate money, or volunteer at the pantry with your kids to make a deep impact in our community.
Jenkintown’s Breathing Room Foundation is always looking for volunteers to work with families who have members affected by cancer. The holidays are a great time to start volunteering and providing support.
No matter how you celebrate the holidays, giving back to those in need will only make your season that much better. Teach your children to spread joy in the best way this holiday season!