winter giving.

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Donate Warmth

The cold temperatures this winter have affected so many. I know our local shelter has ran out of space and mattresses various time this winter. Donate warmth to those that need it most. Check out the needs of your local homeless shelter. One Warm Coat has great resources for holding coat drives. Donate through UNICEF featuring a winter kit for Syrian refugee children.

Read 

I often include We Give Books as a service option. It’s a great way to involve kids in giving. Choose a book on-line, read it together, and join efforts to help kids receive reading materials around the world. Pull out blankets and hot cocoa and you are ready to go. Find winter theme books featured on their front page.

Get Crafty

Kids love to craft. Try one of the twelve ideas featured in the ezine IMPACT with crafts! These crafts make a difference. Try some DIY crafty fun to bless others with Leslie at Pink Stripey Socks.

Give Back to Families through Ronald McDonald House

Every year 7 millions families are able to stay together during treatment for a sick family member. Find your closest local chapter and gather some of the following item donations that help keep their work going and families comfortable.

International World Women’s Day 

March 8 is International World Women’s day. Gather up a group of girls and watch the documentary film Girl Rising. Use the companion curriculum to go deeper into the lives of the girls featured in the film.

Senior Hunger

Watch this infographic about the Meals on Wheels Program. Find your closest local chapter here; volunteers make and deliver meals every day. Purchase The Made With Love Cookbook and work through the recipes with your family. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels and the cookbook features former First Lady Barbara Bush, Martha Stewart, and Dr. Maya Angelou.

World Water Day 

World Water Day is March 22, 2014. Check out this amazing list of 200 ways to conserve water. Go through the list with your family and choose some to implement.

Is there a way you serve specifically in the winter months? 

Come by next Wednesday for special Valentine’s Serve Ideas! 

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?