Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

Ask your kids what Christmas is all about and most of them will say it is all about Santa, Christmas trees, presents and tasty holiday cookies.  If you are at all religious you will probably get ‘the birth of Jesus’ as an answer.  But whether you believe in Jesus or just really like candy canes, teach kids to give back this holiday season.  Give gifts, give love, give hugs…just give of yourself to others with no thought to what you will get in return.

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Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas


Teach Kids to Give Back

Giving back is a hard message to teach children. The commercialism surrounding the holiday season can be rather overwhelming at times. But giving to otherst is an incredibly important lesson that kids need to learn.  Take a few moments to teach your children to give back to the community this holiday season.  Not sure how to get your children involved in this?  Here are a few suggestions:

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

Let your child shop with you for the food bank.

Take them to the grocery store and ask them what they think the food bank might need.  Have them put the items in the cart, carry them to the car and come in with you to drop them at the food shelter. I have done this with my kids for Thanksgiving and I know the food bank was very grateful for the help!

Volunteer with your child for a good cause. 

Whether it is your daughter’s Girl Scout troop collecting cans for the food bank or the youth group going to the nursing home to sing carols, let your child see YOU getting involved.  Give back to the community as a family and talk about your activity with your child.

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

Shop for toys with your child…for someone else!

Many schools and places of worship have ‘giving trees’ where underprivileged children are given a gift request ornament. Let your child choose a needy child to shop for and then let them help you shop, wrap, and deliver that toy.

Adopt a nursing home: 

Whether you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home or not, adopting a nursing home is a great way to give back.  Bake cookies for the nurses and make cards for the residents.  Go Christmas caroling down the halls.  Help decorate the patients’ rooms. These are all great ways to give back and it’s definitely a cause that is greatly appreciated.

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

Give money to the where you can:

It seems like every store I go into has a charitable giving campaign going on this month.  So far, I have donated stuffed dogs to children through the pet store and books to needy children at the book store.  I have said yes to ’rounding up’ at the grocery store and tossed plenty of handfuls of change into little red kettle drums.  I have also had to say NO to a lot of requests, too.  Because while I want to teach kids to give back, I am also not made of money.  However, let your kids hear you say YES whenever possible.  And maybe give THEM the change to toss into the red kettle drum!

If you want to raise children who are compassionate, kind, and socially aware, you need to teach kids to give back.  While Christmas is a wonderful season of gifts and cookies, it is supposed to be a season of GIVING.  Whether you choose to give financially or donate your time to a cause, try to involve your kids.  Community service is an important life lesson and they learn best when they have good role models to follow! Check out MissionFinder.org for great volunteer projects in your area.

Why will YOU give back this holiday season?




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  1. I used to sign up to ring the Salvation Army bell as a service project. It's so COLD out there sometimes!! My kids love to drop in some change so it's now our tradition to always put a little bit in, no matter how many times we've already given.
  2. Giving back is SO important! We are not able to donate a lot, but we do adopt a family each year through my daughter's school. I also donate to local food banks. My family and I work at a local soup kitchen once a quarter. Feels good to give back!
  3. Nice one, mom. And Merry Christmas to you!

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