What better gift could you give your children than to teach them to give to others?
I have compiled a small list of ways to help your family become Strategic Givers.
1. There is still time to compile a shoe box for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Shoe Box.
My family loves to be able to put a shoe box of gifts together for a child, who otherwise, will not be receiving a Christmas gift this year.
2. Don’t pass by those red kettles!
3. Although Toys for Tots is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserves, they collect and give toys to both military and civilian children alike.
And, it’s so easy to give to them! When I went to check out at the Dollar Tree, the clerk had a bunch of toys setting in a box, and asked if I would like to pick one out to donate.
If you don’t have a store near you collecting for Toys for Tots, you can check their website for drop off locations, or simply give an online monetary donation.
4. Most everyone has heard of the Angel Tree program. You have probably seen Christmas trees in local banks, churches, and stores with tags hanging on them. You choose a tag, and it will tell you the age, size, and gift ideas of a needy child. Just buy some gifts and drop them off.
5. Adopt a family. This is fun! Talk to your family and decide on a family in your area who could use a little help this Christmas. You can give them gifts and food openly, or anonymously. Either way, it’s a wonderful thing to get your children involved in!
6. Remember to show appreciation to your mail carriers, firemen, police officers, doctors, nurses, and receptionists.
7. Give blood.
8. Go to your local nursing home. This will be my family’s 19th year of going to the nursing homes. We walk around smiling, visiting, and singing, while handing out stuffed animals. It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I love that all 12 of my children continue to participate, and now my grandchildren are involved!
9. Bake some cookies for your neighbors.
10. Remember the homeless. There are plenty of shelters to help out in, or just walk down the street.
Take time to care, and help someone out this Christmas.
Let me know about the ways your family gives back during the holidays.
(The entire show is worth listening to, but I come in around 8:30.)