This is the time of year when parents are making decisions about the holidays. You can take a road trip and spend time with relatives, or you can stay at home and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. You may decide to take advantage of special shopping days and stand in line to get the super deal for yourself or your children. For extra fun, you can wear your holiday sweater with the blinking lights, a Christmas tree, and bells that ring. For even more celebration, you may attend a party to celebrate the New Year in style. Adding to your many options, when it’s time to eat, you may choose from a smorgasbord of delicious treats including cake, pie, stuffing, rolls, dessert and more. In contrast, other families are not having the same experience because of limited resources and personal challenges.
During the holidays, there are always people who are unable to take full advantage of the festivities. Some people do not have many choices during the holidays. Many have experienced loss or setbacks in the year and find it hard to relate to the palpable holiday spirit of joy and togetherness. Others have physical and financial challenges, which make it very difficult to participate in holiday activities. With people facing so many challenges during the holidays, the opportunity for families to help extend a joyful and smiling face is limitless.
If your family is interested in helping others during the holidays, here are 10 ideas to get you started:
1. Start by thinking about people you know - people at work, your child’s friends, and your family. Is there anyone who who lacks the resources to enjoy the holidays? If it is a child, talk to the parents or guardian and tell them what you would like to do for their family. Also, talk to the staff at your child’s school and ask if any families need your help. Offer to give your gifts anonymously if necessary.
2. Bake some cookies, place them in a decorative container and share your treat with a group of friends or coworkers.
3. Visit a senior citizen, take a special gift, and allow quality time to listen to whatever she wants to discuss.
4. Think about people you know who are unemployed and invite their entire family over for dinner.
5. Volunteer for an organization that feeds the homeless.
6. Visit someone in the hospital and take a special gift.
7. Adopt a family for the holidays. Buy gifts for the children and parents. Invite them to share dinner with your family.
8. Donate blankets and small toiletries to a shelter.
9. Buy some extra items when you shop for gifts. Give a gift to someone who does not expect a gift from your family.
10. Purchase extra items when you shop for your holiday meal. Use the food to make a donation to your local food pantry.
People have needs all around you, from close family and friends to neighbors and co-workers. Discuss the best way for your family to make a difference and plan the date that you will help. Remember, some people are sensitive about needing help so be careful how you approach them. People may be in a difficult spot, but would never ask for help. If your child attends daycare, childcare, or preschool, the staff and teachers may also be helpful with ideas to get your family involved with assisting a family who attends the same school. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, the staff and teachers get to know parents and their children personally. They can help decide how to approach families to offer assistance. For more information about meeting the needs of infants, toddlers, and preschool children, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies.
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