The holidays are a time to spend with family, enjoy delicious meals and celebrate one another. This season, you and your little ones can help out in your community to spread joy to those that need it most. Here are three ways kids can give back during the holidays:
Volunteer: There are so many ways you and your youngsters can volunteer! You can serve food at a soup kitchen or take cookies to a nursing home, the possibilities are endless. This is a great way to make people smile that deserve love, affection and some yummy food!
Give thanks: Kiddos can write letters to family members telling them how much they love them. Your family can also give thanks by sending care packages to troops overseas to salute their efforts and hard work.
Donate: Your children can pick out presents to donate to Toys for Tots for kids less fortunate in your area. Explain to your youngsters that not everyone is fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays, which is why it’s important to be generous and share the joy of the holidays with others.
Acts of generosity come in all shapes and sizes. Five-year-old Jayla from Virginia Beach is helping the homeless by providing them with her bags of kindness, full of toiletries, snacks, and items that the less fortunate may not have since they don’t have a permanent home.
Jayla not only fills the bags with essentials like soap, toothpaste and deodorant, she also fills them with love. Each bag is decorated and says “Jayla’s Little Helping Hands.” She hand delivers these specials bags to kids at a shelter in her town.
This Thoughtful Thursday we admire Jayla’s big heart and her desire to give to those in need.
Receiving tons of cards on your birthday can definitely make you feel loved. For 10-year-old Bennett, this might be the best birthday yet because his friend Max managed to give him 2,000 cards for his special day. Two year ago, Bennett was diagnosed with leukemia and it has been a battle for him and his family, but he has remained positive through everything.
Max was able to gather cards and spread the word about Bennett’s birthday thanks to an organization he and his mom created called Catching Joy. This organization encourages kids to volunteer their time to spread joy to others. Before Max knew it, he had received over 2,000 handmade cards from all over the world.
Bennett was shocked that he received so many cards on his birthday. We hope Bennett had a wonderful birthday and enjoys reading all of his cards. Our wishes are with him as he completes his final rounds of cancer treatment this June. This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to Max and Bennett – best friends that would do anything to make each other happy.