This post is sponsored by Tackle Kids Cancer but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
While the holidays tend to focus on food, gifts, and candy, it’s important that you don’t forget about those who can’t enjoy the season. Giving back to these people is a great way to teach your children about helping others while ensuring everyone has a happy holiday.
The following are four ways your family can give back to others this holiday season!
1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Research places in your area that feed the hungry during the holidays. As a family, volunteer to help out by serving community members or just visit and chat with these people. Sometimes, a little care can go a long way when it’s the holidays and your neighbors don’t have family of their own.
2. Become a Secret Santa.
Adopt a child or family in your community, purchasing Christmas gifts for them. Salvation Army does this in some areas with their Angel trees.
You can select a person in need from the tree and purchase clothing, hygiene products, or toys for them. Get your children involved with the shopping and preparation of the gifts (check to see if you can wrap them before you deliver them) to teach them a valuable lesson on helping others.
3. Create Christmas cards for nursing home residents.
This is another precious way to connect with those in need around your area. Some residents of nursing homes seldom receive visitors, and it can become quite lonely.
Have your family create cards for the elderly, and deliver them with candy canes or fresh fruit. Children enjoy this simple craft and they will feel good about helping others have a great holiday!
4. Donate to a worthy cause.
There are many children out there that aren’t having the best holiday season due to childhood cancer. Tackle Kids Cancer is an initiative created to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.
Did you know that only 4% of government funding for cancer goes to the research of childhood cancer…yet it is the number one cause of death by disease in children. It’s important that more is done to help these kids have a better holiday season – and life!
Being able to see some of the children directly impacted by Tackle Kids Cancer is truly a game changer for me and it’s an amazing experience to share with your own children. You can see videos and stories of some of the children, including Gabriela’s sweet story here.
You can make a donation to Tackle Kids Cancer as a way to give back this holiday season. Your family could even ask for donations in lieu of holiday gifts – think about the impact that could make for pediatric cancer research!