- Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant that you are at or pay for someone’s food at a drive thru.
- Pay for someone’s groceries at the grocery store.
- Bake cookies, bread or pies and give them to your neighbors for Christmas.
- Buy gifts for Families that are struggling to buy gifts for their kids. (See picture below)
- Participate in Toys for Tots program. (http://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx)
- Send a care package to our troops overseas. (https://www.operationgratitude.com/)
- Go help a family member out with something they need to be done around the house.
- Take care of someone who is sick; send a care package to them along with homemade soup.
- Help out at a local food bank or Salvation Army if you are able too.
- Visit a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols and bring them each homemade cookies.
- Have each child gather up toys and clothes they no longer play with and donate them to the Salvation Army. (https://satruck.org/)
- Check with your local church to see about adopting a family to give presents and food too.
|We helped a family that was in need of gifts for their kids for Christmas|
There are many ways to show and teach your children who to give generously to others who are struggling and are in need of something. I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that they are entitled to everything and that they get everything they ask for. I want my children to have a heart for others and to really appreciate all that they have and not take anything for granted.
I wonder what this country would be like if everyone did this at Christmas time and not dwelled on what we can get from others, but what we can give to others. That’s what Christmas is all about, just like a children’s book that I often read to my daycare kids titled: Pete the Cat saves Christmas and in the book it says “Give it your all, give it your all, At Christmas we give, so give it your all”.
As I would like to say “Find a Need and Fill It”.
Eric Litwin 2012. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. Harper Publishers.