Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Community Service Projects from Home
And then of course, there are my children. I, like most mothers, am eager for them to learn the joy and habit of serving others. Toddler Approved has a couple of helpful posts along this line with ideas for how to help children show kindness to a working parent and also ideas for how to help them show love to younger siblings. These are wonderful because the ideas are so practical for young children to do on an everyday basis.
Finding ways to help children serve the community outside their family can take a bit trickier. During the years when there are babies and toddlers around, leaving home for extended periods of time to help with a community service project is often not practical.
I've started making a list of ways that our family and other families around the internet have found to help children serve the community from home. Here's what I have so far:
1. Write thank you notes or bake for people who serve in the community. (police officers, elected officials, pastors, etc) Glittering Muffins shares her story about helping her son bake mini muffins for firefighters on Christmas Eve.
2. Hold a fundraiser for a good cause. Sell things in a garage sale or do what East Coast Mommy did and host a party with a small admission charge, the proceeds of which would go to a predetermined cause.
3. Make a fun pillowcase to give to a cancer patient.
mercy bags with hygiene articles or food to keep in your car. Hand them out to homeless people you encounter asking for money on the road.
5. Help your child gather toys to give away. (to a homeless shelter, etc) Mama Mia's Heart 2 Heart shares about how she set up a box for her toddler to give away toys to their church nursery.
6. Mail a hug to a sick person.
7. Take a walk around your neighborhood, carrying a plastic bag and pick up trash as you go.
8. Write encouraging letters to overseas servicemen or missionaries. Make homemade stickers to include in your note.
9. Make bookmarks and leave them in library books as a fun surprise.
10. Involve your child in making homemade gifts to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
11. Make food for an elderly neighbor who cannot cook much for themselves anymore. Involve your children in the cooking and delivering. Thanks The Educator's Spin on It!
Do you have stories of how your family has served others with projects from home or ideas for how you plan to in the future? These are so inspirational to read about. Please do leave a link or explain in a comment!