2. Make cards to hand-out or mail to seniors, military or sick patients in hospitals.
3. Organize a stuffed animal drive, and donate them.
4. Plant a tree with you child.
5. Start a garden, and donate the vegetables to a local harvest co-op.
6. Pick up trash at your local park or playground.
Making gifts doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little bit of planning, and help from your children you can certainly make meaningful, and special gifts.
Do you nee more inspiration? Not sure where to start? My dear friend Leanna from All Done Monkey has suggestions, and ideas on committing random acts of kindness for you and your children.
It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
- Plant a tree – we are going to wait until Spring to plant a tree.
- Make cards for elderly folks at a nursing home – I’ve been saving a collection of random pictures and drawings that our son has made to make them into cards.
- Book drive -we’ve asked his friends to donate books that they longer read to a child in need or to a local hospital or shelter.
- Help clean up a local park – we did this using a grabber.
Share your own ideas in the comments or by linking up below! You can also join the discussion in our Google + Community! For some ideas on doing volunteer work with kids, browse our list of family-friendly service projects or great organizations to support. You can also follow our Teaching Global Citizenship and Black History boards on Pinterest.
Last year was our first year participating in Stamp Out Hunger.
|Last year’s donation to Stamp Out Hunger. Sixty food items purchased by shopping for items on sale, and using coupons.|
For Stamp Out hunger I purchase food items on sale, and I also go through our pantry with little one for canned goods. On the day before collection, little one helps me put the food items in bags, and he and his Daddy place them by our mail box. As we’re bagging the food I use this moment as an opportunity to talk to my son about how other families are not as fortunate as we are, and that it’s a blessing for us to be able help them. I pray that doing this as a family we are instilling in our son the gift of giving, compassion and helping others.
This has not been the first time we’ve donated to those in need. In the past, little one and I have gone through his clothes, toys, and books to donate. He’s been very happy to give his things away, and he knows that he’s helping another child in need. 🙂
We’re so blessed to be able to participate this year in Stamp Out Hunger, and we would love for every family to look into their pantry. Even if you just leave one can of food in your mailbox that would make a huge difference. Every little bit counts! So check your pantry, and see what food item you can donate.