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Fun Activities That Do Something Great

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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It's the time of year when we are all about giving thanks. Maybe you are thankful for finally figuring out how to master your mom's pumpkin piecrust, while your mom is thankful for her grandkids. And those grandkids? They are thankful for the Wii Grandma gave them (and for that yummy pumpkin pie).

When we are in this mode of being aware of the blessings we've been given, it's a good opportunity to figure out how to give back to others. As parents, we can easily make a donation of money or our talents, but kids don't necessarily have the chance to do this. There are some easy ways for your kids to give back to others, which teaches great emotional skills and highlights what this time of year is all about.

-- Send a letter. Even our smallest kiddos can draw a picture to make someone smile. Many organizations that support our troops have guidelines on how to write a letter or send a big "Thank you!" to our men and women serving our country across the globe. One place to start is AMillionThanks.org.

-- Bake and make someone feel good. Sure, you may need to man the hot oven, but get your kiddo an apron and get him baking brownies, cookies, bread, whatever! There are so many comfort foods that are appreciated by so many, from your neighbor who lets the kids play in his yard to the folks at the nursing home by their school. A little plate of homemade goodies are a perfect way to say "Thank you for being you!". For the little ones to be involved, have them decorate the paper plate you will deliver them on.

-- Create a blanket of comfort. From groups that provide help to homeless families to those organizations that make a difference in the lives of children with severe illnesses, a common need is a blanket. Head to the fabric store and grab some fleece and have your kids make a blanket (or three or four). Of course, don't arm your three-year-old with a sharp needle -- there are simple, no-sew fleece blankets you can make with just your hands and fabric. Check out all of the info over at BigHeartedFamily.org.

How does your family give back and give thanks around this time of year?

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johnny4ever
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Give to wishing tree at sons school

mrswillie
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:45 AM
I bake for several people.
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goddess99
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

We donate food and money.

Mom2jngnc
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

We are busy! 
-The kids clean out the closet in their room of gifts they got last year (so Birthday 2012, because they are Sept/Oct children we give them a chance to open & use) that haven't been used to the local Christmas Bureau

-THey take in canned good to the food drives at school

-we pack a shoe box for operation Christmas Child

-we sign up to provide items for a THanksgiving baset for a random family that was given to our Church 

-we donate to the hat and mitten tree at school that also goes to the local Christmas Bureau


la_bella_vita
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

 We donate and volunteer.

ceciliam
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

We donate clothing, toys and items for around the home but we do this year round, not ust for the holidays.

My son is currently raising money along with money he has saved for, Toys For Tots.

sukainah
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

What good ideas!

We make donations to feed the poor on our holidays.  Or we go on food drives with the Cub Scouts for the Food Bank.  The school is collecting canned goods for the poor for Thanksgiving.

copperswifey
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

we do the angel tree at Church. Then we do the elk's baskets. We let our kids ring the doorbell to give the baskets to the families. We also do coats for kids. I let my kids pick out the coats in the store that they want to donate :)

TerriC
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

We donate many items through out the year.  They have projects at school that help give back to the community.  They write letters to our Military.

countrygirlkat
by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

We try to do it year around but this time of year we expecially concentrate on food baskets at the church, the giving tree, and charities.

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