One of the aspects of the holiday celebration that my husband and I have always wanted to make a part of our family traditions is to serve others. As mentioned in previous posts, we are doing that through teaching our children to make their gifts instead of simply buying them. This gives them an opportunity to share their time and talents with others. Now that they are getting older, we want to step it up a notch and take the idea of serving others a little further.
Today, I found a great blog post that I wanted to share with you. Amy Allen Clark, the founder of MomAdvice website shared this idea. Making care packages for the homeless or those in need. Not only are these a great idea for giving to the homeless, but think of the times when there is a natural disaster? Maybe a homeless shelter? What about kids who are entering into the foster care system? In the case of foster care kids, they often leave there homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. At best, they may have a few changes of clothing but very little else. With alterations to the basic supply list Amy presents on her blog, you can customize these bags for any situation. I am even thinking of how these can be made up to hand out to young campers at the church camp our daughter attends each spring and fall.
I strongly encourage you to take a look at Amy’s blog post, How to Make a Care Package for the Homeless. Even if you cannot make them this year in time for Christmas, you can make up a few at a time to hand out over the winter. Come summer, you can add things like sunscreen to the packages. The ideas are endless. The teaching opportunities for our children are priceless.