At this time of year, the Holidays, it can sometimes feel like we are spending like crazy. I am. I feel like I spend spend spend on my three girls and my house, entertaining, hosting, gifts for teachers, fundraisers at school and the list goes on.
But I also make sure that we spread the love and spend a little on others around us, whether it’s monetary or time spent.
Here are some ideas to get your kids involved and give back
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child aims to provide gift boxes to children in need throughout the Ukraine, Central and South America containing small gifts, hygiene products and school supplies. They are on target to send 700,000 shoeboxes from Canada this year.
We enjoyed stuffing a box for a little girl (aged 5-9) and my girls helped decide what should go in it. We stuffed it full with school supplies, bar soap and a Barbie doll.
Look for a local women’s shelter and ask them what they need. Chances are they need sheets, towels, baby items, pajamas, toiletries and maybe even some gifts for the Holidays. Look around your home, with your kids, and see what you can bring to the shelter and donate.
Adopt a family with the Christmas Bureau (Google in your city). In many cities there are charities such as this – they match you up with a family in need, provide you with details and you create a care package and gifts for the family.
Chimp as a Canadian site that lets you donate to any Canadian Charity with the click of a button! Chimp has joined forces with global social giant Hootsuite to cover all administrative fees on behalf of donors, which means every cent donated through Chimp will make it to the charity. Chimp also proudly maintains the lowest fees in Canada on charitable donations and ensures the largest portion of any donation actually makes it to the charity.
World Vision Gifting
I love to buy my parents and in-laws gifts from the World Vision Cataloge. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything. I let my girls help me chose and we pick fun things like pigs and school supplies. It’s a wonderful way to gift and support a cause at the same time. (Pigs are a great source of income. They’re easy to raise and can plump up to 90 pounds in 3 months. One sow can produce a litter of piglets every year to sell at market and help families break the cycle of poverty. Bring lasting change with the practical gift of pigs!)