Give Back over the Spring Season!

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Spring is coming. (Not as fast as I hoped it would.) Dirty gray snow please melt away…

10 Easy Ways to Give Back over the Spring Season! 

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1. My Family’s Favorite Spring Treat: Bird’s Nests, make them together and double the batch to share. Here is the recipe:

  • One 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme  
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 can of chow mein noodles (3 cups)
  • 1 cup of chopped M&M’s Plain
  • Peanut M&M’s or other candy to fill the nest.

Combine the marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter. Mix well. Add noodles and plain M&M’s. Fill the nests!

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2. Spring Craft: Purchase some small, plain terra cotta flower pots. Get out paints and help your kids hand decorate the pots. Deliver them with a packet of seeds as gifts to others.

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3. Try Composting: Read this guest article by my sister-in-law Jen for ideas of how to get started.

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4. Family Recycling Activity:  Explore Recycle City with the whole family. Make a list of ideas you can implement into your home.

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Image courtesy of [Just2Happy], freedigitalphoto.net 

5. Plant: Take time to plant something new this spring a tree, bush, strawberry plant, seeds, a small flower.

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6. Garden Donations: If you garden and have excess consider donating some of your crops. Sometimes churches allow members to offer their excess to other members. When you visit the farmer’s market this summer, consider dropping a gift off to someone who might need a little extra.

IMG_22727. Family Time is Important: Get outdoors together as a family: take a bike ride, a hike, a nature scavenger hunt, play in the beach sand, visit a new playground. Whatever you choose, do it together!

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8. Did you know you could recycle this stuff? Spring clean with purpose. 

  • Paint. Habitat for Humanity Restores take latex paint to remix and resell. Find a location near you. 
  • Crayons. They can be recycled into new crayons. Learn more here.
  • Batteries. Visit Call2Recycle for a location near you.
  • Visit Earth911.com and type in any search for an object and see if there is a place to recycle near you.

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9. Family Raking: Head out on a Saturday morning and clean up your yard as a family. While you have your work clothes on, help a neighbor or someone who needs assistance do spring clean up.

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10. Deliver: Drop off a bouquet of spring flowers to a shut-in or someone who is ill. Set aside time to visit too.

How do you give back during the season of spring? 

Family Giving Opportunity

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Stephanie Voetberg shared about her time serving at Orphanage Emmanuel last year. You can read about her experiences here.

This amazing young lady has found herself back at the orphanage this year loving the kids with all her heart. Her joy is contagious.

Orphanage Emmanuel is located in Guaimaca, Honduras.

 

Every 2-4 weeks a container is shipped from the states to Orphanage Emmanuel. This is a wonderful project idea for a family to complete.

 

Ideas for your family giving package:

-Body Lotion

Lice Picks

-Hair Brushes

-Hair accessories 

-Towels

-Socks

-Kitchen Spoons/forks

-Cups

-Blow Dryers

-Mirrors

-CANDY  (to pass out to the children)

-Balloons

-Bubbles 

-Nail Clippers

-Nail Polish

-Nail Polish Remover

-Bed sheets

-Toothbrushes

-Toothpaste

-Snacks for the girls and I that live in the volunteer house

-Brownie mix, Cookie mix, etc…I love to make cookies and brownies for my girls that I look after!!!

 

Packages can be sent to:

Orphanage Emmanuel

Stephanie Voetberg-Volunteer

4611 Hixson Pike

Hixson, TN 37343

Package days are a great encouragement to volunteers and the children at Orphanage Emmanuel.

Give Life

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Today I want to introduce you to a non-profit organization that is revolutionizing malnutrition globally.

Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions.

 

One-third of our planet is well-fed,

one-third is under-fed,

and one-third is starving.”
(World Health Organization estimate)

 

Their mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for vulnerable children in the developing world.

They produce high-quality, ready-to-use Plumpy’Nut, Plumpy’Sup, Plumpy’Doz and Nutributter. These products are distributed to humanitarian organizations and non-profits. The peanut-based product does not require refridgeration or water, and this allows the products to also be used in crisis events.

The products address the needs of children 6 months- up to five-years-old who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

 

We have all seen the photographs.

We may not be in direct proximity to children suffering from hunger and malnutrition, but our hearts can wrap around the great need.

 

You can donate to easily through Global Giving Projects.  $25 can provide a child with treatment for a month.

This is a family giving project children can understand. 

Feed Bears are adorable and proceeds go to the work of Edesia.

If you are an educator the World Food Programme has excellent resources about World Hunger.

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Kids Books and Resources about Hunger

Make a difference.

These books are great to read as a family and cover the topic of hunger and food security. 

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Beatrice’s Goat By: Page McBrier (Beatrice receives a goat named Mugisa that can lift her family out of poverty.)

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One Hen By: Katie Smith Milway (Kojo from Ghana helps his family out of poverty with the gift of a hen.)

Follow up these books by sharing global gift catalogs with your kids.

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Faith the Cow By: Susan Bame Hoover  (Susan grew up across the street from a barn that raised baby cows for Heifer International.)

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Bone Button Borscht By: Aubrey Davis (A version of the classic stones soup, a beggar shows a village how to work together.)

images (10)What the World Eats By: Peter Menzel (A books that shares photographs about what people around the world eat)

images (16)The Good Garden By: Katie Smith Milway (A struggling family in Honduras revives their family with a gardening project.)

 

Visit The Good Garden Website.

Meet the now grown Maria Luz of the story. Watch a video of her journey from hunger to having enough.

Meet Real People whose lives were changed from good gardening.

Educators can find curriculum to the Good Garden here.

Family Service Ideas for the Winter Season

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1. Head on over to a neighbor’s to shovel off their sidewalk, driveway, or brush off their car.

2. Remember the elderly and new Mom’s who can’t get out as easily when the temperatures dip. Stop by with a special treat, lunch, and some conversation.

3. Deliver a care package to a family fighting the flu or facing the winter blues. (This is a cute idea from Katherine Marie Photography discovered via pinterest for a sunshine care package!)

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4. Valentine’s Day! Create homemade cards for far-away relatives and friends. Everyone loves getting mail!

5. Deliver a special Valentine’s Treat to someone who needs a pick-me-up.

6. When stuck inside, pick an extra cleaning/organization job around the house. Have everyone in the family participate. Each child can earn a specified amount afterwards: half for piggy banks, and half for your family giving bank.

7. Deliver a bag of soup to your local food pantry.

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8. Host a Sledding Party. Serve cookies and a hot chocolate bar afterwards. Ask everyone attending to bring a small donation to a specific cause. Make a difference as a community!

9. Winter items will be shifting to sale and clearance racks soon. Consider purchasing new or gently used winter items to donate to your local rescue mission or One Warm Coat (an organization that has collection points all over the US.)

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10. Cuddle up for some family time. Have a family movie/popcorn party, game night, or story time

What ways does your family give back over the winter season?