Our family usually STARTS our season off by helping serve Thanksgiving Dinner at our church. Our church is only the host facility. It's actually put on by the Salvation Army. But dinner is FREE to ANYONE. This year, the kids got involved and made about 200 crosses. We did stickers, paint, markers, crayons, glitter. All different kinds of things! Then, they laid them out on all the place settings and even put new ones out as tables were cleared.
Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and then right around Christmas, they distribute them to children who may not get a lot for Christmas. They aim to give every child 2 toys and a book. I only know this because we have been part of the program for the past two years on the receiving end. For more information here is their website.
The Angel Tree is another gift giving opportunity for the less fortunate. There are usually several versions of it throughout an area. I know our community college does one and our church is hosting one put on by another charitable organization in our local area. But the idea is simple: pick a card off the tree with a child on it. Their age, sizes and a specific wish is on the card. Then fulfill that card and return it to the place where you picked your card from. When we do it, we try to do at least one outfit and a few toys.
Operation Christmas Child is put on by Samaritan's Purse. Basically, you take a shoe box and fill it with little things for a child overseas. They can be healthcare items like toothbrushes, combs, etc. As well as small toys, crayons, books, and other things like that. Drop your box off at a collection point before the last day with the small amount for shipping (usually under $10) and that's it! It's then sent overseas to a child who may have never received anything before. For more information here is their website.
So those are some of the random acts of kindness we have performed in the past.
Favorites from yesterday's link up:
Random Crafty Girl's Peanut Butter Cookies
xoxo Rebecca's German Christmas
The Pen and the Needle's Christmas Traditions
Drops of Learning's Cutting Down a Christmas Tree
Trish's Hanukkah AND Christmas Traditions
A Mommentary Life's Christmas Tree
Up tomorrow: Day 3: Signs of the Season