Christmas is definitely a time for receiving, every kid can tell you that. But I’d love to teach my kids to give, as well. Giving to those less fortunate isn’t always easy. Humbling yourself is hard enough, but teaching your children to do the same isn’t always as easy, but they’ll appreciate it in the end, and so will you!
6 Ways to Give to Those in Need
Give used toys
You know, and your children know that Christmas usually means a ton of brand new toys, and most likely there are a ton of toys that haven’t been touched in ages just chilling out in their toy boxes. Why not help them go through them, and if they haven’t played with the toys in x amount of weeks/months/years, it goes into a bag to donate to kids who may not be receiving anything this year. Used toys are better than nothing under the tree.
Buy a Family a Tree
If you know a family who is struggling, why not take them to pick out a tree? Your kids can go, and so can their children. Everyone loves picking out that perfect tree! Plus, that will make it so much easier for the family that you choose to help. Not having a tree when you have children is hard because they see trees at friends’ houses, as well as in windows as they walk or ride through their neighborhood. Trees are a bit expensive, but the look on a child’s face when they see that tree? Priceless!
Help serve the homeless
Check for dates and times for your community’s Christmas dinners. Take the entire family and help pass out the turkeys and hams and all the fixins’ to those who don’t or won’t have their own dinners this year. This will show your child that there are those that do have to go without sometimes, and that it’s really nice to serve those less fortunate. Plus, you can go around and meet some of the folks there. Making friends is always fun. Try this one, and you may find your heart will grow a few sizes (this is also something that can be done year round).
Collect cans and perishables for your local food drive
You can take your littles shopping with you to pick out some foods to give to your local charity drive. Help a family come up with dinner this Christmas while teaching your children at the same time. Genius!
Give coats and blankets to those in need
Kids go through clothes faster than we can keep up with them, and they usually get shoved to the back of the closets, into the basement into tubs or boxes, or just thrown away when all of those things are still in amazing condition! You can take these things to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or see if your child’s school does a clothing drive. Not only will they be helping the less fortunate, they’ll also be cleaning out their drawers and closets…two birds, one stone.
Invite Someone Over
Know someone who will be alone during the holiday season? Why not invite them to share in your holiday? This will not only make their day, but will also teach your kids that sharing really is caring. There’s nothing worse than being alone on the holidays!
These are just a few different ways to share with those with less, but there are a ton more! Brainstorm with your family, and figure out which one works best for you. If there’s more than one, then do all of them! Your heart will be happy, and you’ll be making someone’s Christmas!
How does your family give to those less fortunate? Share with us in the comments below!
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