Organizing our 25 Days

We've started lining up our activities for the 25 Days of Giving. I'd like to encourage you to join us. This doesn't have to be a difficult, expensive endeavor. There are many, many ways you can teach your children about how to show kindness and love to others without spending a dime.

To get your ideas flowing, here are a handful of free (or nearly free) activities for you to consider this year.

  • Making cards to give to friends telling them what is special about them. 
  • Calling a family member they don't normally talk to on the phone.
  • Making artwork or cards and taking them to a nursing home.
  • Baking cookies for neighbors.
  • Baking cookies for firefighters and delivering them on Christmas.
  • Tidying up the neighborhood. Picking up trash.
  • Making a list of things they love about each of their family members and share with the family.
  • Do something kind for someone secretly. 
  • Have a free car wash (warmer climates obviously).
  • Make sandwiches to hand out to homeless people.
  • Visit an animal shelter and pet the kitties & puppies.
  • Visit family and neighbors collecting scarves and hats for homeless people.
  • Do a chore for a neighbor or a grandparent.
  • Taking some canned food to the food bank (or the grocery store donation bin).
  • Donating some of their outgrown clothes to an organization that gives them to children in need.
  • Donate a pair of gently worn shoes to Soles 4 Souls.
  • Walk the neighbor's dog.
  • Host a party to collect needed items for a local charity.
  • Scrape the ice off your neighbor's car as a surprise.
  • Volunteer to serve a meal at a local soup kitchen.
  • Make a meal together to bring to a family that is sick or has a new baby.
  • Purposefully play with someone who your child doesn't normally play with.
  • Stay late at school or sunday school to help clean up.
  • Write notes of appreciation to coaches and teachers.
  • Have a bake sale or a lemonade stand to raise money for your favorite cause.
  • Take a day to educate your children about poverty and pray for those suffering.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Draw a picture/make a card for your pilot (if you are flying)
  • Drop change in a Salvation Army bucket.
  • Write personal notes & cards to family members.
  • Send a Christmas card to a recovering soldier. 

    A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue NW Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

You get the idea!! There are tons of things you and your children can do that don't cost much money! Even if you can't commit to 25 Days of Giving, try committing to 10, or 15!

What are other free or very low cost ways children can bless others?

Comments

  1. Amy says

    Hey! We are getting really excited for our 25 Days!! I drew a calendar on a big piece of easel paper and am in the process of assigning different activities to each day. We’ll have to coordinate some to do together! Thanks again for getting the ball rolling.

  2. maryanne says

    Thanks for this list! Here are some things I have that I didn’t see on your list:
    - Make a craft for a friend (a beaded necklace was one idea I had)
    - Donate toys to a local charity
    - Write a letter to aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents
    - Make a food pantry donation at the store
    - Donate change to the salvation army people at the store
    Also, for people who are flying, someone who read my blog suggested making cards for the pilot – good way to do your good deed for the day and it keeps your child busy during the flight!

  3. Lynn says

    Love these ideas! I’ve been pondering the idea of making this a season of Thankfulness…you’ve got my juices flowing now.

  4. Heather says

    I plan on doing this with Makena. Since she will be just 5 months old I will be doing it, but I figure it is never too early to start. And how great will it be to tell her when she is a teenager that she has been doing it since she was 5 months old ;)

  5. Laura Toli says

    Hey Andrea,
    Your name came up at this weeks mom-connection and the 25 days of giving. Love your ideas. Hope you guys are all doing well. And your enjoying your little boy. West Newton misses you and so do I. Your such a great mom and I am so glad to have met you.
    Happy Thanksgiving :)
    Love and Blesssings sent to you and your family
    Love Laura