CONJURE UP THE SPIRIT OF GIVING
With just a ghost of an effort, Halloween can conjure the same spirit of giving as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Below are four fabulous projects that let you give back during this holiday - a little giving mixed with all the treat-taking. These ideas are a good way to fill your holiday with a bit more meaning. And speaking of giving back, check out DGT's spectacular October online auction! All proceeds go to help us empower more families to raise kids who care and contribute. More details below.
-Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
TREAT SOMEONE ESLE THIS HALLOWEEN
Make a Difference.....
Trick or Treat for UNICEF As you go door to door on Halloween, take along a collection box to raise funds for UNICEF. For over six decades, UNICEF has encouraged children to make a difference on a night usually consumed with candy and costumes.Order a free collection box from their website or print out a canister wrapper to tape around a container of your own. You'll also find activity sheets with information about healthy eating. Before you head out, watch this video about the impact your family's contributions will have. You will be inspired and educated.
Donate your Halloween candy! Operation Gratitude has a program to send candy to troops overseas. If you have more candy than you can handle, think about sharing it with those who are serving our country. You can also donate dental hygiene items, create uplifting cards and letters, and provide financial donations to cover shipping costs. Watch this video about Operation Gratitude's Halloween candy program.
Decorate for Halloween Cheer those who might be struggling this season by decorating a local senior center, homeless shelter or children's wing at a hospital with festive fall and Halloween decorations. Check volunteermatch.org to see what opportunities already exist, or to find a local agency to contact.
Sight Night. The organization OneSight Global Eye Care encourages people to collect gently used prescription glasses and non-prescription sunglasses to be donated to their clinics around the world. Read their "Howl To Guide" to get started. Be sure to print and distribute door hangers to the homes you'll be visiting on Halloween, so homeowners will have their glasses ready for you.
KINDNESS IS A REAL TREAT
Talk About It.....
We encourage you to use every holiday as a chance to spend a little family time doing for others. This Halloween, get your kids thinking about ways they might incorporate acts of kindness into your Halloween traditions.
What are your favorite parts of Halloween?
What might it feel like if you were not able to celebrate Halloween the way we always do?
Halloween often means spending time with friends. What do you love most about your friends? Why are friends important?
What could we do to help others enjoy Halloween festivities?
Learn About It.....
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (ages 4-8). A witch and her cat are off on a moonlit broom ride when her pointy black hat blows away into the darkness. As they attempt to recover it, they wind up taking on passengers, dodging a dragon, and solving their logistical conundrum with style! Axel Scheffler's illustrations make the whole tale incredibly fun!
Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.
- Judith Olney, cookbook author and restaurant critic