14 Ways To Volunteer as a Family During the Holidays
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14 Ways To Volunteer as a Family During the Holidays

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The holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the importance of kindness and provide real actionable ways that families can help others. From collecting canned foods to making baby blanket, there are so many different ways to volunteer as a family.

Here are some ideas on how you can volunteer during the holiday season and what the benefits are of teaching your kids how to give back to your community.

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14 Ways To Volunteer as a Family During the Holidays

1. Find a Local Toy Drive

Participate in a community toy drive by asking around at work, your church, school, or through social media. Purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts to a local non-profit to help families that are struggling.

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2. Create a Local Food Drive

Get together with your friends and family to collect non-perishable food and donate it to a local food pantry. You can get your kids involved by having them decorate the food boxes or helping you load the car and carry the groceries.

3. Make Holiday Cards

Create handmade holiday cards for seniors in assisted living facilities, veterans, incarcerated youth, victims of domestic violence, or military families. Your kids will be delighted to see the joy on someone’s face when they open their special card!

4. Make No-Sew Blankets

You don’t have to be an expert with a sewing machine to make no-sew fleece blankets. All you need is some fabric, scissors and knot-tying skills, which makes this a great volunteer project for kids and adults. There are dozens of organizations that collect no-sew fleece blankets for donation, including Project Linus, Binky Patrol, and the Snuggles Project.

5. Give a Homeless Shelter a Facelift

Organize a food or storage room for the local homeless shelter, or help out by cleaning. This can be as simple as arranging donated clothes by size and color or as big as moving furniture around and painting walls. Shelters always need a lot of help, so just ask what you can do to serve.

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6. Help Out at Your Local Soup Kitchen

Prepare and serve meals, greet guests at the doors, or set up tables for a local soup kitchen. Your kids will be able to see the difference they are making in their own neighborhood and be grateful for the chance to give back.

7. Sponsor a Family

Churches and businesses frequently provide giving trees. You may also purchase presents for families that have requested them by selecting a tag from the tree. Or you may want to donate to a cause that offers hope for families in need, such as The Salvation Army.

8. Make Care Packages

Gather some toiletries, school supplies, warm socks, and gloves to create care packages for a homeless shelter or a local foster family. Assembling food baskets is another wonderful activity for everyone involved.

9. Make a Holiday Meal

Bake some Christmas cookies or a holiday meal to share with an elderly neighbor who doesn’t have family nearby. Nothing says holidays like a family dinner at your house!

10. Donate Toys and Clothes

Help your kids clean out their outgrown clothes or toys they don’t play with anymore. Donate whatever you are able to a local charity or shelter to help others.

11. Babysit

Offer to help a single mother or stay-at-home-mom with her children so she can go out and enjoy a well-deserved break. Having new friends to play with will be enjoyable for your kids too.

12. Host a Holiday Food Drive

Invite the neighbors to a holiday block party and bring canned food items to donate to a local food pantry. Create some decorations with the kids, pass out some candy canes, and have a blast! You can also use the opportunity to have kids make holiday cards to distribute.

13.  Send a Care Package to a Soldier

Sending a holiday care package is one of the best ways to show appreciation for our troops. You can learn more about this opportunity through Operation Gratitude.

14. Foster A Pet

Animal shelters and rescues can use help no matter what time of year. Volunteer as a foster family until dogs and cats can find their fur-ever homes. Many shelters also need volunteers to walk dogs and play with animals. Contact your local animal shelter to find out their needs.

Benefits of Volunteering With Your Family

Taking time to volunteer with your family can be a fantastic experience for both adults and children. It teaches your kids the values of kindness and generosity, and can even make you happier.

When you volunteer as a family, you don’t have to worry about finding someone to watch your kids for the day. Instead, you get the chance to spend meaningful time with them. Volunteering is also a great way for kids to learn beyond what they see in their classrooms. They get to explore new worlds and meet new people with different backgrounds. It’s an opportunity for them to try new things and broaden their horizons!

Since holidays are meant to be enjoyed with the people that you love, find ways throughout the season to help those in need. Volunteering with your family is a wonderful way to develop a closer relationship while also having fun. By creating new traditions with your children around the holidays, they will grow up knowing the true meaning of giving back.

Have you tried one of these ideas or do you have a favorite way to volunteer with your family during the holidays? Share it with the rest of the community on our Facebook page!

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