We, and by we, I mean me, have decided to do a few service projects for Christmas this year rather than spend money on gifts for family that isn’t really needed. I haven’t actually talked to Andrew yet, but I know he will be on board with the idea. The thought of putting our money to better use and helping those that truly need it is what Christmas is about for us.
Every year, I spend hours online searching and thinking of the perfect gift for family members. There’s nothing more exciting than finding the perfect gift for someone and surprising them with it.
Have you given gifts in the past that you know have not been used or needed?
Every time I find that gem, I end up buying 3 things to make the gifts even and to have that person have something under the tree.
I am determined for this year to be different for several reasons.
We haven’t done as much service as we probably should have in the last couple of years. It’s easy to donate money, it takes more effort to physically get involved, and that is where I feel we have fallen short.
We have been so blessed, we want to give back to those that are in need.
It’s important to me that our children learn the importance of giving back to our community. Often our intentions are to do more, but life is busy and time slips by without doing anything.
We have some options for service in our community. At first thought, I think of children of families who are struggling, and senior citizens in nursing homes.
If you are looking for ways to serve in your community this Christmas or even better, at any time of the year, maybe my research and ideas can help you also.
Almost all of these ideas can be expanded on by asking for those around you to donate to your efforts also. For example, rather than creating 50 gift bags yourself, ask friends and family to donate items for the bags and you and your family can assemble and deliver.
Perhaps you have an annual Christmas party for friends and family. Consider asking everyone to bring items to collect for your service project.
Family Service Projects for Christmas or Any Time of the Year
- Ask your church leader for a family in need and go shopping for presents for them. I like to get grocery store gift cards, and toys and clothes for the kids.
- Collect gently used make-up for local women’s shelter. I am really bad about buying make-up and only using it a few times before realizing it’s not my color. Chances are, every woman you know has a similar pile of make-up going to waste. Perfect for women trying to get back on their feet again!
- Make easy tie blankets for the children’s hospital. These are so easy to make, no sewing or crafting talent needed!
- Put together items for senior citizens and deliver to them in person. (lip balm, flowers, lotion, warm fuzzy socks, throw blanket, nail file, comb, tissue, etc)
- Make small tie blankets for the animal shelter. Madison did this one year when she was about 14 yrs old.
- Make cookies and visit for widows in your area or from your church.
- Collect and/or buy warm socks and other items for the homeless.
I am really excited to focus on serving outside of our family this holiday.
What service projects have you done that aren’t on this list? Please share in the comments!