There is something to be said about the importance of giving, not only how it makes others feel but how it makes you feel about yourself. Those who give, feel a sense of accomplishment and selflessness as they do things for others while at the same time the recipient is thankful and appreciative. Many give or do things for others because they want to touch someone else’s life in a positive way. Below we explore several ways for your children to give back this Holiday season.
Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that works through local churches to provide physical and spiritual aid to hurting people around the world. During the holidays, look for boxes at local churches to fill with items for a child in need. You can choose boy or girl and age group, then you and your kids can go shopping to fill the box with items you think they would enjoy.
MUST Ministries provides groceries, hot meals, work recovery shelter, supportive housing, affordable housing resources, employment services, clothing and other essential services needed for financial stability to 31,000 people in need each year – two-thirds of which are children. MUST serves in eight surrounding counties collaborating with many churches, corporate groups, YMCA and hundreds of volunteers. Children can assist by helping to prepare meals and delivering them to families in need. Children can also donate their birthday to MUST Ministries.
Spend time with Residents at Retirement Homes is an excellent way for children to donate their time. Elderly people so appreciate seeing a young face and enjoy hearing their exciting stories about childhood. Parc at Duluth, Chambrell of Roswell and Benton House come to mind as places that would welcome children to spend time with their residents.
Donate old toys/clothes to charity is another way to give. Have your child sort through their old toys and clothes and fill boxes with the ones they no longer use or wear. Another suggestion is to help your child draft a letter to the neighborhood for donations and gather a group to present them to a local charity. Goodwill, Foster Care Support Foundation and North Fulton Community Charities are excellent places to donate items.
Giving can be done anytime throughout the year and in so many ways. Explore with your children the ways they would most like to help others and devise a plan to follow through. Happy Holidays!