One of the ideas for the blog is to share practical ways families can serve others. Please share your ideas as well–feel free to add to comments, or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you try out one of the ideas, we’d love to hear about your experience.
Here are some ideas the boys and I came up with; some are original ideas, some we found from other sources:
- Go to a local store, stand outside and open doors for people going in or out
- Go to neighborhood park and pick up trash
- Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn
- Take cookies to your local fire/police station
- take coffee to someone you pass by in the mornings. We have some local milk farmers; I see them working hard every morning at 5 am
- Make brownies and take them to your neighbors
- Do a job to help someone else in your family–pick up their room, fold their laundry, etc.
- When you grocery shop, get a few extra canned items and take them to a local food pantry (the act of physically going and giving with your kids is so much more powerful than just donating money)
- Go through your books and pick out some to donate to library
- Volunteer to read stories at your local library
- Walk your neighborhood with a wagon; collect canned goods or blankets/coats to donate
- Send (by snail mail) a card of encouragement to someone
- Volunteer to babysit
- Make a meal and take to someone who is ill
Someone posted this on Facebook recently:
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.