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Katherine Lewis

12 Days of Christmas: Give Back to the Community

By December 16, 2010

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my About guide gave to me: four ways to help the community...

We all know the true holiday spirit is more about giving that getting. But how do you teach that to children in a world that seems overrun with commercial messages?

For me, the best ways to give back to the community must be convenient. Before we had children, my husband and I volunteered to work with children, serve meals to the needy and other time-intensive activities. Now, giving back must fit into our daily and weekly schedules -- or wait until we have a solid block of free time. (That happens about twice a year.)

The ways we've donated to charity recently include:

  • Giving gently used household goods and clothes to nonprofit organizations that pick up from our curbside.
  • Participating in food drives at the YMCA (where we work out and our kids take weekly swimming class.)
  • Contributing to a toy collection at our daughter's daycare center, in participation with a local charity.
  • Writing a check and putting it in the mail.

I involve my children in these activities by encouraging them to sort out toys they no longer want and explaining how we help the needy in our community. How do you give back?

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December 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(1) wb says:

Last year, My kids received donorschoose gift cardsfor Christmas. They then have the chance to go online and search for a school based project that they would like to fund. It’s fun for them, they begin to understand how fortunate they are, and they can choose to help students in our geographic area, students their age, or students studying their favorite subject.

It was such a success that it will be repeated this year.

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