5 Ways Your Family Can Serve Others This Holiday Season

5 Ways Your Family Can Serve Others This Holiday Season

This time of year it is so easy for children to miss the message of Christmas and become focused on what they can get. The beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, the candy, and Santa’s midnight trip take center stage. Why not shake things up a bit and get your children focused on the spirit of Christmas? It is never too late to start a family tradition of Christmas giving. Serving others is an easy and rewarding way to teach your children compassion and grow closer as a family. It also teaches your children a lifelong habit that makes a difference in the lives of others. Here are five ways your family can give back this Christmas (that your kids will love).

Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree – Stop by your local mall, Walmart, or other participating retailer and look for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The trees are decorated with Christmas Angel tags that have the name and gift wishes of a boy or girl 12 years of age or younger. Selecting a child’s tag and shopping for his or her gifts makes for a meaningful and fun family outing.

Feed My Starving Children – Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Tempe is an experience your family will love and will never forget. You will spend about two hours assembling and packing life saving food packs that will be shipped all over the world to malnourished children. Gather a group and register for a packing session this holiday season.

Help the Homeless – The Salvation Army is always in need of donations for their homeless assistance programs. They are currently in dire need of disposable razors, toiletries, coats, blankets, and nonperishable foods in small portions. Let your kids take the lead in selecting and gathering items to take to the Salvation Army’s Tempe social services location at 714 S. Myrtle Avenue in Tempe. Reach them by phone at (480) 967-8649.

Friends for Life Animal Rescue – If you have an animal lover in your family consider helping the furry friends over at Friends For Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert. Gather and donate items from their wish list. If your family is able, you might even consider adopting a new family member.

Christmas Caroling – A fun service idea that will not cost you a penny is Christmas caroling at a local retirement community or assisted living center. Call ahead and set up a date and time with the location of your choice. Then simply gather a small group, pick a few songs, and watch the faces of the greatest generation light up.

Serving others is the secret ingredient to a merry Christmas.

5 Ways Your Family Can Serve Others This Holiday Season

About Janice

Janice is an Arizona native, a soldier's girl, daughter of the King, and mother to two. She shares family activity ideas, recipes, crafts, and product reviews at Celebrating Family. Read more about Janice here!