In partnership with Pennies of Time Holiday Kindness Camp, I shared this past week about incorporating acts of kindness with Elf of the Shelf. Even if you don’t get into the elves, these ideas would work anytime during the holiday season.
Here are 25 Acts of Kindness for your Advent Season:
Read a book together from We Give Books that donates another to a child without access.
Donate socks and underwear to your local homeless or women’s shelter, this is common need.
Donate laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, or personal care items to your local food bank- these are often high-need items.
Make a special call to a Great Grandpa or Grandma or special friend that lives far away. Share what you love to do!
Cook a meal together and make extra. Deliver the extra meal to someone in need of a pick me up.
Deliver a special cocoa, coffee, or tea to a hard-worker teacher, coach, or leader who blesses your family
Make treats together and deliver to neighbors.
Fill out coupons for jobs you can do for Grandpas and Grandmas throughout the year
Make teacher Christmas thank-you’s.
Take a photo and upload to the app Donate a Photo, choose the cause you would like to support.
Serve your kids with a special surprise.
What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving Weekend? What giving traditions do you practice with your family?
We loved my Mom’s pie, cousins, deal-shopping with my Dad, and a sweet visit from my in-laws all the way from Iowa. My favorite tradition- trying hard to slow down and a remember why we celebrate Christmas.
New life emerges vulnerable. The loss of a new life is devastating. We can work together to ensure that more families do not have to endure such grief.
I am a Mom to two kids and one life lost through miscarriage. We all have a story to tell. Woman who give life through childbirth find themselves in a very vulnerable space, good maternal health care ensures the best possible outcome.
When we make maternal health a priority, Mom’s around the world receive a gift of hope.
Millennium Development Goal #5 is to improve maternal health. The MDG’s were designed to be reached by 2015.
The Global Newborn Health Conference will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa April 15-18. The world is joining together to reduce infant mortality around the world. The conference will be streaming live here.
These are simple ways that maternal health can be improved globally:
Helping Maternal Health through training programs that identify risks of pre-term birth such as high blood pressure and infection.
Thanksgiving and Christmas move to the forefront during the months of November and December.
Be encouraged to make a difference this holiday season. Place a giving bank somewhere prominent in your home. Work as a family to collect change. Change can be used to purchase a gift through a gift catalog. A great family activity is looking through gift options on the computer or through an ordered catalog. Choose the gift as a family!
What a great message we are teaching our kids if alongside the toy catalogs are options for helping other kids around the world.
Here you can connect to the OxFam America unwrapped page.
Gift catalogs are a unique and special opportunity for gift giving. They also provide the material for a great family project.
Gift catalogs are free to order and come through the mail. Below I will provide links for ordering your gift catalogs.
Imagine the powerful message you give your children when beside the toy catalogs is a giving catalog. Reading through the catalog together is a great family activity. Leave the catalog somewhere to serve as a visual reminder. The World is vast, God’s people are diverse, and our impact can be so far reaching. The vision of your family will be broadened.
Page through the catalog together and choose a project.
Save up coins together to reach your goal.
Providing a new soccer ball or a Bible can cost less than twenty dollars.
Consider making a family binder that keeps a running record of all you were able to give throughout the years.
These also provide great goals for classrooms and Sunday school groups. They are special gifts to give in honor of a child or grandchild for birthdays, births, holidays, or graduations.
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee catalog can be ordered here: