As we roll into this Thanksgiving
week, I know a lot of families are starting to focus on giving
back. Now's a great time to help kids understand why we help others
and show them ways they can get involved even at their age. So to
help you equip families to go out and do some random acts of
kindness, here are three quick and easy service projects that kids
(and their families) can do to show others God's love. Thanks to
our great friends in ministry for providing these excellent
1. Countdown to Christmas
an idea to help kids count down to Christmas while reaching out to
others. Brainstorm 25 low- or no-cost ideas and activities to help
children experience the true meaning of Christmas (or use
these great ideas).
strips of construction paper per child. Have kids write one idea on
each strip of paper. Then help them loop and tape the strips into a
chain. Let kids take home their chains and begin the countdown.
Some families put the chain on the Christmas tree, while others
hang them in the house. Each day kids cut off one link and do the
idea or activity on that link. These chains give young kids a
visual way to countdown to Christmas-while they learn real ways to
share Jesus with others.
Julie DossantosFort Pierce,
2. Stock Up
children feed the hungry in your community by stuffing Christmas
stockings with basic ingredients for a warm meal. You'll need
large, plain stockings (available at craft stores), glitter glue or
markers, cans of broth or soup stock, crackers, and bags of dried
beans and spices for soup. Another alternative, if you have the
funds, is to purchase bean soup mixes from a nonprofit group such
as the Women's Bean Project.
children decorate the stockings with glitter glue or markers. When
stockings are dry, have kids place a can of broth, crackers, and a
bag of soup ingredients in each stocking. Then deliver the
"stocked-up" stockings to a local food pantry or keep them in your
church pantry for people who come seeking nourishment this
Stephanie Martin Lakewood, Colorado
3. Mid-Year Gear
need school supplies all year long, not just at the year's start.
In July and August there's a big push to collect school supplies
for kids who can't afford them. But the need is ever-present as
supplies run out, new kids arrive mid-year, and supplies are lost
or damaged. Your kids can help. Contact local schools and talk to
the schools' administrative assistants, principals, and teachers to
discover needs. Post a list in your church or make an announcement
asking for needed items. Then have kids organize, prepare, and
decorate supply packages for each school, teacher, or individual
child in need. Encourage kids to include kind and encouraging
messages about Jesus' love, then go with them to personally deliver
the packages during this season of love and giving.
you help your kids understand the power of random acts of kindness?
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