John Monfredo: How to Teach Kids the Importance of Giving Back
Saturday, December 14, 2013
On the home front wouldn’t be nice if everyone could start on December 15th with “ten days “ of good deeds. As a family, come up with a list of good deeds that members of the family could do. Every morning from now until Christmas have each member of the family pick a good deed from the list. Then on December 25th have a discussion on what was accomplished and now each member felt while doing a good deed.
Consider doing a good deed
Here is a list of possible good deeds to consider, but you can start putting additional suggestions together now:
- Say something nice to another member of your family
- If you have a brother or sister make their bed in the morning
- Wash the dishes for the family and clean the table after eating
- Select something to help Mom out for the day like vacuuming
- Select something to help Dad out for the day
- Call up your grandparents to tell them that you love them
- Call up a friend and invite him or her over your house to play
- Pick up the trash
- Bake cookies for a neighbor and bring them over to their house
- Hold a door open for someone
- Give a hug to a family member
- Write a greeting card to someone
- Help with the cooking
- If you have a younger sibling read to them at night
- Leave a special note at the dinner table for mom, dad or both
- Volunteer to babysit for a neighbor or a relative
- Volunteer to walk your neighbors dog
- Teens wash the family car
- If it snows get up early and shovel
- Say please and thank you when appropriate
- Eat with a classmate who is in need of a friend
- Sit by someone different at lunch
- Volunteer to help your teacher with a project
- Put on a smile throughout the day
- Help clean up the schoolyard
- Compliment a classmate
- Ask your teacher if the class could have a clothing drive or a penny drive for those in need
Within the Community
- Collect perishable food and donate to an organization
- Volunteer to help an elderly person with a task
- Donate one of your toys to a needy organization
- Volunteer at your local pet adoption center
- Leave cookies for the mail-person and the newspaper carrier
When we give of ourselves we’re helping someone else and it’s a nice feeling to know that we have impacted someone else’s life. Parents, it’s a great lesson to teach our children and it’s all part of the “Christmas Spirit.” Perhaps it could lead to more good deeds in 2014. Who knows, someday there may be more good deeds than bad ones on the evening news.
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The Salvation Army’s traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless. Donations provide and financial assistance provides Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need including families of prisoners. Simply make a donation wherever you see their trademark red kettle or do so online by clicking here.
Goodwill Mass accepts donations of men's, women's or children's clothing and other textiles. Some of the clothing donations are provided to our clients who may need an outfit for an interview or a one week supply of clothing for a new job. Most is sold to neighboring Goodwills, or as salvage with all revenues raised going back into programs and services for Rhode islanders.
You may drop off your old clothing at one of the many clothing donation bins throughout the state or at the drop-box located in 25 Park Avenue, Worcester.
Click here for more information.
Formed in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization developed to support military families. On December 14, Operation Homefront will host a “Holiday Toys for Military Kids” event in Wellesly Hills, Taunton, and Springfield from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys are limited and are on a first come, first serve registration process. Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email. Please note that this program is for military dependent children only.
Donate non-perishable food items such as rice, beans, and canned vegetables for Thanksgiving distribution by November 21. Donate new or gently used winter clothing such as boots, hats, scarves, and coats to be distributed to ACE families during the holiday season. Donations accepted November – January.
Contact: Amy Connery (508) 799-3653
Donate new toys, games, and books for children of all ages; grocery store gift cards for holiday food baskets; gifts for teens such as movie passes, music, gaming gift cards, and personal care items; and gift cards to clothing and shoe stores to purchase gifts for children and teens. Adopt a family and provide gifts for Christmas. Call for details.
Contact: Sheryl Spafford (508) 832-5707 ext. 10
Donate holiday gifts for children ages 5 – 18 including gift cards for teens to purchase items such as movies, music, and clothing; grocery store gift cards to purchase holiday meals for families in need; and wrapping paper and supplies such as bows and cards. Adopt a family for the holidays and provide gifts. Call for details.
Contact: Liz Hamilton (508) 754-2686
Donate new toys, books, clothes, outerwear, boots, and gift cards for boys and girls ages 4 – 18; gift certificates for movies, bowling, and other activities; non-religious holiday decorations and gift-wrap; and food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
Contact: Anna Berin (508) 853-6988
Donate gifts for homeless children of all ages and new household items for more than 80 homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, and gift cards to discount and grocery stores. Gifts for teens especially needed.
Contact: Katherine Kerr (508) 791-7265
Donate winter hats and gloves and gift cards to discount stores, grocery stores, and fast food restaurants.
Contact: Brian Bickford (508) 860-1139
Donate new items for newborns and mothers in need: baby blankets, toiletries, newborn undergarments, socks, bibs, infant equipment such as car seats, new maternity clothes, and gift cards for discount and grocery stores. Donate new items for immigrants/refugees such as gloves and mittens, hats, scarves, and home first aid kits. Donate new household items for homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and dishes.
Contact: Georgianna Sgariglia
Donate men’s and women’s clothing in all sizes (especially XL and plus sizes) such as sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, underwear, and t-shirts; toiletries such as hairbrushes, makeup, shampoo, body wash, and lotion; inexpensive male and female jewelry items such as crosses, watches, and rings; games, cards, word search books, and other small gift items.
Contact: Sandy Epstein
Donate non-perishable food for distribution to area emergency feeding programs. Drop off items Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Please call the office before dropping off. Please visit www.foodbank.org for more information.
Donate navy blue blazers, white button down shirts, khaki pants, belts, and dress shoes for boys in sizes from boys’ small to men’s medium; sports equipment such as baseballs, soccer balls, and related items; art supplies and music equipment such as instruments, scores, and songbooks.
Contact: Patrick Maloney
Join us for our annual “Holiday for Heroes” campaign. Assist by reviewing, categorizing, and bundling holiday cards that will be delivered to veterans in Central MA. You would need to dedicate about three hours for this one-time seasonal event in early December. Call to schedule date.
Contact: Ray Duffy (508) 595-3762
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