Volunteering and doing charity work is always a great idea, and it’s even more special when you can do it as a family. Involving your children in volunteer work teaches them the importance of giving, a sense of responsibility, and the overall sense of being grateful for what they have in their lives. Here are some different ways you can volunteer with your kids:
1. Donate Food
You and your child can work together to fill brown grocery bags with non-perishable food items. Take them to the food bank with you so they can experience the gratitude that comes from donating. You can even decorate the grocery bags to make it more fun for them.
2. Letters to Heroes
Each year, typically around the holidays, there are various programs that ask for cards to be made and sent to our soldiers overseas. Not only will this allow your child to “volunteer” their time for our soldiers, but they’ll also have a great time doing so.
Grab your little one and a few of their friends for a day of Christmas carols. Find a local nursing home or hospital that will allow you a certain time of day for the kids to come in and sing. Everyone will get enjoyment out of this volunteer work.
4. Walk for…
Have you ever heard of a “Walk for” some specific cause? A great example of a popular one would be the Walk to Stop Diabetes, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Look for these walks in your area and sign you and your child up. This is great way to bond as family, volunteer your time for a good cause, and get some good exercise all at the same time!
5. Hot Chocolate Stand
Another fun way to volunteer your time with a child is to help them set up a hot chocolate or cider stand in your neighborhood. You two can sell hot beverages for a specific charity of your choice and try to earn as many sales as possible. They’ll learn the value of hard work, and the gift of giving all in one activity.
6. Toy Drive
Children almost always have a surplus of toys at home. Usually, the majority of these toys have been outgrown or simply unused for a long time. You and your child should spend a few hours going through all the toys they have stored up and pick which ones they’re willing to part with. Once chosen, take all the toys to your local toy drive for charity.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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