BEAN BAGS

Looking for a fun project for your family or a group of families to dig into? Buy cost-effective bulk quantities of pinto beans and/or rice and a bunch of plastic bags, and then create family-size portions to be distributed to low-income families.

OH RUBBISH!

Take a walk and clear litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your neighborhood. Be sure to take the necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely.

GIFT OF LIFE

Looking for a way to spend time with your family that supports a good cause -- and gets your heart pumping? Sign up for a walk, run or bike ride to raise money and awareness. To zero in on a topic, think about whether you have a friend or family member struggling with a serious health issue, and champion that.

WE SALUTE YOU

With American soldiers being deployed in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War, there are many brave men and women who can use our support. Several organizations make it easy to send letters of thanks to currently serving and veteran soldiers, along with care packages, books, DVDs and other nice-to-haves.