Simple Ways To Share Kindness

1. Bake cookies or casseroles. Cooking with kids isn’t the most mess-free option, but this is a really easy way to involve your kids in giving back with their time. As a family, pass out homemade cookies to your local fire department or police station, or take some frozen casseroles to an elderly neighbor or family in need.

2. Pack socks for homeless people. Buy some cheap pairs of socks, and have kids pick out practical and fun items to stuff in them. Some ideas include granola bars, water bottles, toothpaste and warm gloves and an extra sock. Keep the socks in your car, and hand them out to homeless people you see in the community.

3. Clean out the toy box. The holidays are a great time for kids to donate some of the games, clothing or other things they own – and clean out some clutter too! Even preschoolers can pick a few lightly-used toys to donate to kids who don’t have any. Pack them up and donate to a local shelter, church or charity.

4. Adopt a family. Many local organizations and religious groups can help you sponsor a family in your area to shop for over the holiday season. Use some of your family’s designated holiday money to buy or make gifts for another family in need.

5. Donate items and your time to a food bank. Even little kids enjoy picking out food items at the grocery store. Take your kids on a special shopping trip to pick up their favorite nonperishable goods for a local ministry or food bank. They’re always in need of extra food around the holidays, AND if they have opportunities to serve a meal, make it a family night and volunteer.