Holiday traditions are an important part of our Christmas celebrations. Homemade tourtiere on Christmas eve, Christmas baking with my Mom & sister, enjoying some time by the fire while visiting my in-laws. However one of my favorite traditions of all is not to do with my family, but rather giving back to others. You see from a young age I remember participating in activities where we worked to give back to others in our community, especially at Christmas time. I remember bringing cans of food in for the food drive, picking out a toy to donate, and even helping host a holiday party for seniors with my church.
One of my top goals as a Mom is to teach my boys about giving back, just as my Mom taught me how even a small act can mean so much to those in need. And this year Monkey is starting to understand more about giving, even if it is a bit reluctant at times. There are 3 major ways I am getting Monkey involved in our giving this year:
- Participating in a Food Drive – Both Monkey’s daycare and my work have a food drive going on right now. Instead of taking in many items at once I put a basket in our entry way with toys and food that we will be donating. Every morning before we leave both Monkey and I can pick out an item to take as a donation. This way we get to talk about giving to others more than once, and now he is excited about getting to pick out something to take to donate every day.
- Adopting a family – As I have done for 10 years now, I have adopted a family for Christmas. With the help of friends and family we work to provide everything this family of 3 will need for a wonderful holiday including gifts, clothing, stocking stuffers and some of the necessities as well. Monkey will be helping to organize and help wrap the gifts this year for this special family
- Christmas baking –The Knights Table a local organization which supports families in need put the call out for nut-free Christmas baking this year. As soon as I saw the #cookies4KT tweet I knew I had to participate. With the help of a good friend, Monkey and I will be baking up a storm next Tuesday night in hopes of making someone smile with a cookie or treat.
Giving back does not need to be grand gestures that cost a lot of time or money. Something as small as baking an extra batch of cookies can make someone’s day brighter at Christmas. And involving your children at a young age will only teach them compassion and empathy. Traits I hope to see in my boys as adults.
Once again this year KINDER has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network for the Joy to Share campaign and YOU can be involved in sharing some holiday cheer. Visit the Kinder Canada facebook page and send create a personalized holiday greeting card that will be sent to a child in a Children’s Miracle Network member Hospital. For every card sent KINDER with donate $1 up to $25,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network. A quick and simple way to send a smile to someone who may be having a difficult Christmas Holiday.
How do you involve your kids in giving back to the community?
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own