5 Ways Kids Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Shantie Toolsie  | December 2, 2019

The holidays are a magical time for kids, but it’s important to remember that the season is not just about the gifts. The spirit of the holidays is to practice kindness, compassion, and giving. Here are a few ways you can help your child get involved in their community and give back this season.

1. Donate Toys

There are a lot of charities and organizations that provide toys to children in need during the holidays. Toys for Tots bins can be found in a lot of local stores. Also check with your local hospitals, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other organizations to see how you can donate new and used toys.

2. Volunteer

The volunteer opportunities are plentiful for kids during the holiday season. From helping out at a soup kitchen to visiting pets at a local shelter, there are lots of ways the whole family can get involved and give back. Ask your kids where they would like to give their time this holiday season.

3. Make Cards

If your children enjoy crafts, have them make some holiday cards for those who need some extra cheer this year. They can be given to children in hospitals, the elderly, veterans, or even homeless shelters. Kids will have fun making them, and they’re sure to brighten someone’s day.

4. Spend Time Together

The holidays are a great time to give your time to friends or family you might not see very often. Make an effort to schedule visits with loved ones, and encourage your kids to participate. Host a holiday party, a baking get-together, or a movie marathon. Help kids understand that the memories created this time of year are gifts in themselves.

5. Help the Homeless

Find out how you can provide essentials to the needy and homeless. Donate coats, create basic hygiene kits, or make bagged lunches to provide assistance. You can also volunteer your time at a local shelter as a family.

We hope this list gives you a few ideas to help you and your child give back this holiday season. It’s important to remember that giving starts at home, and should be practiced year- round. The benefits of being caring and generous will last them a lifetime.

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