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Are you ready for Family Volunteer Day?
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighbors and neighborhoods.
The past few years, my family and I have been trying to volunteer in different ways. A few years ago, while at a conference, my family and I made care packages for the parents of children who were in the hospital. Some basic necessities that they might not have with them was a simple way to show others that we care.
Last year, we volunteered at school by helping to jumpstart the Food Drive. This was a great way to work together to get things started. Once it was over, we went to the local soup kitchen with all of the boxes to see how our donations would help others during the holiday season. This year, we will be participating again as the Food Drive kicks off next week.
As a family, we wanted to do something else to help others this holiday season. While at a Girl Scout event for my younger daughter, we learned of a local organization that collects gently used clothes from newborn to teens. I love saving clothes so my three savvy ladies can share but I have learned quickly that as they get older, styles change and it would be better to donate some gently used items that hold onto them for a few years in the basement.
Then, we learned of another organization that collects new shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and other personal care products.
Right away, I thought of my samples from various hotel stays and I knew that if we ventured around the house, we could easily fill our trunk with gently used items that people could really use.
I love that my girls love getting into the spirit of giving. At school, we have have already brought in new pajamas and books for Stuff-A-Bus and our next goal is to gather new toys for collection for the local soup kitchen.
By thinking of ways to volunteer as a family, I hope that my girls will continue to think of ways to help others as the get older too. Values such as being kind and working together to help others are important to me and my husband and I want them to be important to my girls too. As I watch them grow, they all make me proud of the choices they make and how they are always thinking of ways that we can help others too!
Family Volunteer Day, held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and now in its 27th year, is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighbors and neighborhoods. Taking place this year on November 18, Family Volunteer Day is powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.
Head to generationOn website to find projects to do as a family on Family Volunteer Day.
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