I love to give, no matter if it’s encouragement or love with words. A hot meal. A baked good. Or a gift. There are many ways to give and doing it as a family makes it even more fun. Here are some of my ideas for Giving This Holiday Season: Family Style.
Giving Family Style: Ages 5-12
There are many ways this age can learn to give.
* Explain to them that some kids don’t have toys to play with. Then help them clean out their play rooms or toy boxes and donate the gently used toys to a children’s home or shelter.
* Help your child look through their books and donate gently used ones to a shelter or even their classroom at school. Day cares especially have limited budgets so this would be greatly appreciated.
*Show them the Toys For Tots box and ask if they would like to spend some of their allowance to help another kid have a good Christmas. If there is a Salvation Army Angel tree at your work, pick a child off the tree and take them shopping with you.
*If you have a child that loves animals, call your local shelter and see if they have an angel tree set up at a local store for the animals. Our local no kill shelter does. Have them pick an animal off the tree and buy it some presents.
Family Style Giving: Ages 13-19
*Ask your teen if they would like to adopt a friend who may be from a divorced or single parent home and buy them a few special presents this year with their own money.
*Ask your teen if they would like to clean out their closet and donate the clothes and shoes they don’t wear.
*See if you can find an outreach that matches your teens interest and ask if they would like to give their time for a few days over Christmas break. (Do you have a reader? They could read to seniors at the nursing home. Have a cook? Serve at a homeless shelter. Animal lover? Volunteer at the animal shelter, etc.)
*Have them volunteer as a bell ringer for The Salvation Army.
Family Giving: Mom
*Cook a meal for an elderly neighbor.
*Bake some treats for an elderly neighbor.
*Help a friend wrap presents.
Giving This Holiday Season: Dad
*Help a neighbor put up their outdoor lights.
*Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk.
*Help a friend haul home their Christmas tree.
These are just a few ideas for donating your time, talents and income this holiday season. It is always better to give than to receive, cliched I know. However, as busy as we are the rest of the year, taking the time to do some giving this holiday season, family style, will draw your crew together and create closer bonds.