12/4/2018

Five Kid-Friendly Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

By: Allison Moore

The holidays are a great time to model kindness to our children by giving back to our community. Here are five easy ways to give back during the holidays:

#1 — Donate your old clothes. When my family recently switched our closets from summer to fall/winter, we bagged up our outgrown, unwanted items and donated them to a local winter clothing drive. Get the kids involved by letting them decide what items to donate.

#2 — Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Everything that’s needed for the meals is already at the soup kitchen—except for the folks who do the work! Take the kids with you. Older children can help serve, while younger children can make sure that everyone has napkins and silverware.

#3 — Pack a shoebox. There are many holiday shoebox programs that send gifts to children all over the world. Grab your own children, some shoeboxes, and go shopping! Choose the same genders and age ranges of your own kids so that they can influence what gets packed.

#4 — Choose an Angel Tree child. On a local level, many Salvation Armies around the country organize an Angel Tree program to provide Christmas gifts for children whose parent(s) are in prison. Find a local Angel Tree, choose a child to sponsor, and then shop for items from their Christmas wish list.

#5 — Stock a local food pantry. The holidays can be a hard time for some families. Help keep your local food pantry stocked by donating canned goods and non-perishable items. Consider challenging your children to spend their allowances on items to donate.

Allison Moore is a Kindergarten and First grade teacher from North Carolina and is also a 2019 Carson Dellosa Education Brand Ambassador.