During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need. If your family’s time is limited, consider just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).
Why should your family lend a helping hand?
It feels good
It strengthens your community
It can strengthen your identity as a family
What can children learn from volunteering?
A sense of responsibility- children learn about commitment, to be on time, do their best, and be proud of the results.
One person, one family can make a difference- children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else.
The benefits of sacrifice- children learn that there are important things besides themselves.
Cooperation and unity- children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one.
Job skills- children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers.
How to fill idle time wisely- children learn to use time to help others.
Ultimately, children learn that we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities. Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.