Older Kids can…
- Donate their gently used books, DVDs, and electronic games to a local children’s hospital.
- Make holiday decorations, sweet treats and cards for nursing home residents.
- Host a hot chocolate or cider stand and donate the proceeds to a charity of their choosing.
- Adopt a family for the holidays through a local business or faith group, and shop for that family. (VolunteerSpot‘s free online sign up sheets make it easy to setup a Giving Tree/ Adopted family and invite friends, colleagues and class parents to contribute.)
- Make cut outs and decorations from home for the class holiday party.
- Attend a local community fundraiser, performance, or fun run that donates proceeds to a cause they care about.
Making it a Habit
Giving back and volunteering as a family while kids are young develops a positive service habit that sticks long into adulthood. The following four tips will help ensure your kids understand the impact of their good deeds.
- Celebrate your service and make it a happy, fun affair to volunteer together. Take pictures and post them on the fridge or family bulletin board.
- If donating goods or money to a local charity, deliver the items with your kids in person so they can better internalize how they helped make a difference.
- Discuss your family’s service experience. Talk about what you did, why you did it, how it felt, and what you learned.
- Build on your kids’ enthusiasm and right then choose your next service project together!