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Family-Friendly Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

Posted on 20th, November 2015

The holidays are just around the corner, and it is so important to find ways to give back to those around us. Involving your family in a charity program, toy drive, or food bank event are all great ways to engage children and relatives in giving back. Set the standard for your children on what conscious, selfless, and compassionate living looks like within your community.

Here are some family-friendly ways to give back during this holiday season:

1. Pack stockings or care packages for the homeless. You can purchase cheap stockings or zip lock bags, and have kids pick out items that they would like to include. Useful items might include toothbrushes, toothpaste, water bottles, granola bars, gloves, socks, hats, umbrellas, and/or raincoats. You can even add $5 gift cards to Starbucks, McDonalds, etc. Keep these care packages in your car and hand them out while you and the kids are out and about, and encounter those in need.

2. Donate toys to the local shelter or nonprofit. A great way to gather toys for donation is to look at your own collection first. Have kids look through their own toy box, and find lightly used toys they’d like to give to those less fortunate. You can also shop with kids for new toys or art supplies they’d like to donate. Find a local shelter, nonprofit, or children’s hospital that accepts these donations. Note that hospitals are often only allowed to accept new toys and supplies in their original packaging.

3. Shop for a local food bank. Make a special trip to the grocery store with your kids for items you can donate to a local food bank or ministry. Help your kids pick out nonperishable items they love, and want to share.

4. Make a special visit to a nursing home. Visits top the wish lists of most nursing home residents. Help kids make holiday cards and/or cookies and bring them to those living in a nursing home nearby. You might even gather a group of friends and sing Christmas carols while you’re there. Make sure to call ahead and inquire about any restrictions on gifts the home may have.

5. Take part in #GivingTuesday as a family on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. “On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.” – You can join in the effort by finding a cause or nonprofit that speaks to you and your family personally, and fundraising for that charity. Visit to learn more about this program.

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