During the holidays, everyone is trying to be a better person, be more humble, and contribute. As a busy, working mom, I love my family, and I consider myself extremely blessed. Just like any other mom, I want to teach my children to give back. To contribute to the community and to appreciate what they have.
I researched five ways that my family can contribute to the community, and I will also explain why taking the time to give back is important, and not just during the holiday season.
- Host a Toy Drive or Canned Food Collection. Most local food pantry or shelters accept canned food donations. …
- Serve Meals at a Soup Kitchen. Another great opportunity for groups is volunteering at a homeless shelter during meal service hours. …
- Volunteer at your local Animal Shelter
- Host a beach or neighborhood cleanup
- Adopt a Family.
In Hawaii, there are tons of beaches to clean up. And tons of homeless families to contribute and give help to.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
- It teaches compassion – above all else, you want to leave this earth knowing that you taught your children to live good lives and this means knowing that they have love in their hearts, and compassion. Kindness above all things.
- It teaches humility – People, in general, need to be taken down a notch sometimes, and taught humility. It’s easier for the lessons later in life to stick, if they’re taught humility at a young age.
- It teaches appreciation – this is huge. Although my boys don’t have everything that they want in life, I want them to appreciate what they do have. Because no one is ever, truly, happy if they don’t appreciate their present life, and their present situation, no matter how bad it may seem. They have to be able to look past their own situation and find the good, the silver lining. If their homes are falling apart, they have to be thankful that they have homes. If their situation looks bleak, they have to be able to appreciate the air in their lungs, and the hearts in their chests.
- It actually GIVES BACK! The good that you feel from actually giving back to your communities, and seeing the look of gratitude in the eyes of those you help, is tremendous. There is no greater feeling.
- It also gives your family a chance to spend time together doing good things, and creating a better world, one step at a time. You’re setting a good example for your children, and creating memories that they will hold with them forever. That’s reason enough to volunteer.