12 Days of Giving December 25th- Jan 5th
As a family we always do something to give back. It's just been something we incorporate into our lives all year long...but I didn't really know about the 12 Days of Giving. I think it's always important to let the kids know the true meaning of Christmas and it's not just about getting the best gifts. For some families, Christmas can be a very sad time because they don't have the extra money to buy presents for their kids. As much as we want our children to be happy and enjoy the holidays we also want to lead by example and show them how to extend their hearts out to others. We've come up with some ideas to help you get started. Tis the Season!
1. You can decorate shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child and fill them with toys, school supplies, and personal-care products for disadvantaged children and families.
2. Volunteer with Feeding America
3. Visit the elderly in a nursing home. Sometimes, their own families don't bother to visit and a small amount of company can cheer up their day.
4. Deliver meals to those that are home-bound. God's Love We Deliver here in NYC or also look for something in your area.
5. Ring Bells for the Salvation Army
6. Donate coats to a local shelter
7. Adopt a class in a low income school district. Partner with the teacher to see what the children need. One year my wife and her family did this and it was sad to know that in the middle of winter some of the children were walking to school in summer sandals. The children were so surprised to receive gifts at school..in some cases this was the only gift they'd receive that year.
8. Adopt a family for the season
9. Adopt a Pet with Pup Starz Rescue
10. Volunteer with the Red Cross