Service is a large part of our lives and a value we most definitely want to instill in our children. Our bigs got it. Our little (Ella), is struggling this year. I know a large part of it is her age. She wants everything to be "fair", and it's not fair if someone else gets something she wants. So she chooses toys she doesn't like.
So we changed things up a bit. I helped Ella choose the toys we'll donate and she can take them to FSTC to give to Eric, the Santa's Workshop Coordinator (who she adores!).
Last year, after an afternoon of sledding, we headed to the grocery store and let Ella choose all her favorite foods to give to a little girl whose family needed help buying groceries. She loved it, and was excited to choose each item.
Her list included these non-perishable items:
Juicy Juice drink boxes
Simple Fruit spread
Spaghetti Sauce and noodles
Skittles. Yep, every little girls needs Skittles. :)
It was a very simple family activity that builds awareness of others needs and sends a powerful message that this is what we do--help others when we are blessed and when we can. We're doing it again this afternoon. Service doesn't always have to mean planning a big event or outing. All those small and simple things add up in the lives of others.
12 Days of Christmas Family-Style
I watch Studio 5 while on my treadmill in the morning. Mandy Douglass was on recently and shared a "12 Days of Christmas" service idea. Each year, she and her siblings and their families, put together the makings for a 12 days activity. Then each family goes home and chooses their special recipient. It's their Christmas gift to each other. I love it. You can watch the segment here.