When you see a person who is homeless holding a sign on a street corner, are you unsure how to respond? This project can provide an answer. Fill resealable plastic bags with basic essentials and keep them in your car for an adult to hand out.
Start the new year by practicing an important life lesson: teach your child to imagine the world from another person’s viewpoint. Begin with simple questions: How do you think your teacher feels when the class isn’t listening? How do you think your classmate feels when he’s laughed at?
If you’ve ever helped another family get on its feet, you know how precious that assistance can be. Through a wonderful program called The Box Project, you can help a family living in rural poverty in America to become self-sufficient by offering them friendship, education, and supplies
Imagine living away from home to be near a child who is very ill. Many families in this situation stay at a Ronald McDonald House, and you can pitch in by making breakfast bags. Decorate paper lunch bags and fill them with nonperishable breakfast items like a granola bar, fruit cup and juice box.
Love animals? Provide a temporary (a few days to a few months) home for dogs or cats that need some attention because they are very young or because the shelter has limited space.
This holiday, one of the best things you can do is pick out a toy for a child in need. Take your child to help choose, and have older children earn part of the money or donate some of their allowance to help pay for the toy. Then go together to place your gift(s) in the collection box
Do the children in your life have enough video games, plastic toys and gadgets? If they do, you have options for more thoughtful gifts this season. These ideas will not only make you a star gift-giver, but you’ll also be spreading charity, kindness and compassion.
Create assistance kits on the theme of health or school. Church World Service (CWS) will store your kits until needed by disaster victims or people who require continuing aid. Your kids will enjoy picking out the supplies and assembling these badly needed kits. Emergency buckets filled with cleanup supplies are needed as well.
Can your family think of some “moving” words of poetry? They could be perfect for Car Window Poetry, Alex Lewis’s idea to attach uplifting poems or other sentiments to people’s cars. Simply create short, heart-warming poems, jokes or artwork. You can use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
Your family will have fun creating fleece blankets for people who need warmth and comfort this fall. You make them by tying knots rather than sewing, using these simple instructions. To see who might need your blankets, call nearby hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations. Or deliver the blankets to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol.
We all experience setbacks, big and small. But when parents view life’s inevitable setbacks as opportunities rather than as things to be avoided, kids will be more willing to take on new challenges and will develop the strength to cope.
Along with brushing your teeth first thing, brush up on kindness. Launch your day with a generous spirit by weaving some of these simple practices into your morning routine.
Remember fold-up “fortune tellers”? Then you’ll enjoy making these fun origami fortune tellers that are filled with kindness activities. They are perfect for play dates, road trips or enlivening wait times.
Children love stories from their family history. They make us feel special, connected and centered in the world. To make sure these stories aren’t lost, brainstorm questions your kids can ask their grandparents. If they’re old enough, kids can do interviews and write down the answers. Or write the questions in blank journals and encourage their grandparents to write out their answers.
Your child will get an easy introduction to the value of charitable giving when you create a “giving box” together. Start with a coffee can, shoebox or other container. Decorate it and then decide which “event” merits a few pennies in the box.
Settle in for a day of coloring, then use your children’s handiwork to spread some happiness. Color A Smile collects crayon drawings from schoolchildren and distributes them to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels programs, our troops and more. The goal is to make people smile!
Inspire passersby with chalk. Purchase some sidewalk chalk. Then draw bright, colorful pictures -- or write happy quotes. Some examples: Think happy, be happy. Be silly, be honest, be kind. A kind word is like a spring day. Kind people are the best kind of people. Always be kinder than necessary.
Share a treat with feathered friends in your own backyard and keep them coming back. Make these fun birdseed cookies, then hang them on a tree viewable from a window in your home.
Free Rice is an irresistible online vocabulary game for all skill levels. With every correct answer, players earn grains of rice that are donated through the World Food Programme.