- Contact your local hospital and ask if they have any patients who could use a holiday gift.
- Donate gently-used coats and winter wear to free- and reduced-lunch schools.
- “Adopt” a needy child for the holidays by requesting a name, buying gifts, wrapping and decorating.
- Have your child pick out gently-used toys, books and clothes they can donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Some organizations that focus on children:
Hunger and Poverty
- Donate to your local food bank. Involve your child in choosing the items to donate, and in dropping them off.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter, or free holiday meal with your family. This is a great way to show your kids that you can also give of your time.
- Raise funds for an organization by contributing, as a family, to a change jar.
- Organizations working to fight hunger:
- Have your kids write and draw, and send their creations to veterans abroad.
- Compile a care package for someone serving abroad.
- Donate to organizations supporting veterans abroad, as well as those who have served:
- Visit a nursing home, and bring games, handmade cards and drawings, toiletries, and gifts.
- Visit a Seniors’ Center to spend time, chat, and play games with seniors.
- Ask a nursing home, hospice center, enrichment center, etc. what donations they need, and make a delivery with your family.
- Some organizations working to serve seniors:
- Wait for nicer weather to help clean up a local park.
- Pledge to plant a tree.
- Focus on recycling during the holidays and commit to recycle all year.
- Make saving energy into a game: remember to turn off lights, use less water when brushing teeth, etc.
- Some organizations dedicated to environmental protection:
We want to hear from you, SuperFriends! How are you giving thanks and giving back with your family this season?