The holiday season is here, but the pandemic is still here too! We may be socially distant, but we can still touch people’s hearts while we shelter at home. Children have a gift for inspiration, so let’s put that talent to work. Here are five kid-friendly ways to touch someone’s heart and give back during the holidays!
- Create cards and notes of thanks. Gather colorful paper, markers, paint, and crayons and have fun creating cards, pictures, and posters of thanks for those who serve us each and every day - even through the holidays. Drop these off at the local police station, hospital, or fire station and let those who are serving on the front lines know they are appreciated.
- Bake cookies and goodies to share. We may not be able to gather together and enjoy traditional seasonal treats, but we can still share them with the ones we love. Have some fun in the kitchen with your young ones and create some of your family favorites. Wrap up your homemade delectables in festive ways and leave them on the doorsteps of friends and family. Give them a quick call or text after drop-off, so they will be sure to enjoy their special delivery. This will be a sweet way to end the year!
- Send cheer to a nursing home. The current COVID climate has limited visitors to nursing homes, but you can still brighten a resident’s day. Create small treat bags with candy, hygiene products, and an encouraging note to lift the spirit of those receiving care. You might like to also share a treat with the healthcare workers on staff. Call ahead to find out if there are any special protocols for delivery and drop off your inspirational care packages.
- Make a Donation. Check out local charities and nonprofits to find areas of need in your community. Kids can donate new or gently used toys, books, school supplies, or clothing to local missions. Food banks and shelters are always in need of supplies and this is a great way for kids to give back and support others. You might even develop a chore system for your young ones to earn money at home. Save up and then donate to a charity of their choice.
- Don’t forget the animals! You can make homemade pet treats and toys to deliver to your local animal shelter. Remember to call ahead and check for any special protocols for donations and deliveries. Kids can also create handmade bird feeders or hang natural treats outside for the animals in your backyard.
There are countless ways for kids to give back. Talk with your child, examine personal areas of interest, and set up a plan of action to make a difference. Build empathy and caring for others by sharing your gifts and talents. Kids are natural philanthropists, so help nurture that spirit of giving. You can make this holiday season a little brighter for someone and still help to flatten the curve. Who knows? This trend of service might continue to grow throughout the new year, and we can all use a brighter 2021!