Now that we are in November, thoughts to turn to giving. One of the actions we can take this year is to be more intentional with how we create memorable, more meaningful, moments with our generosity. Pamela Settle, editor of GoodLiving Magazine is here to talk about how we can all do a little more of this to bring joy into our lives.
Foster Kids: Every community has organizations that provide gifts for foster children. Engage kids by doing a “pajama drive,” where new PJs are collected and donated. The same for hygiene products, duffel bags or stuffed animals. A family can arrange to buy gifts for specific foster children in a group home. This is something small children can relate to and will enjoy picking out gifts.
The Elderly: Our nursing homes are filled with lonely people. Some don’t get gifts, let alone visitors during the holiday season. It was recommended to me years ago to donate small blankets or socks that are individually wrapped. The home can then make sure everyone has a gift on Christmas. This is a fun family project. And so is getting a group of kids together to deliver a stack of homemade cards. This is especially nice to take to a local VA nursing home. If you want different ideas, CALL your local facilities and ask.
The Homeless: Ask family members to bring items to Thanksgiving dinner or to a holiday party. Task the kids with packing zip top bags with hygiene and snack kits to be handed out to the homeless.
The Hungry: This is the time of year that food banks work overtime, making sure everyone in our community can have a meal during the holidays. Boxes will be at stores for collections. So make a memorable moment with your kids and shop just for the food you are buying for others. Let them see it and put it in the box. Or have them do a food drive. Involve them so they learn to have compassion for others.