I’m lucky in that I have pretty good kids, but like any kids, they are all about themselves at Christmas. I want them to learn that they are lucky for the things they have and that not everyone is as fortunate as them. We’ve donated to different organizations around the holidays in years past, but this year, I decided to include the kids in what we do. They need to fully understand that Christmas is more about giving than receiving.
We decided to choose a name off the angel tree at my daughter’s church daycare. After going back and forth and reading every card at least 4 times, they picked out a 4 year old boy. In his list, it mentioned that he liked toys cars and trucks, so on our next trip to Wal-Mart we looked to see what we could find. We found some of the Disney Planes toys were on Rollback. That just meant we could buy him more toys! With the Planes toys in mind, we decided to do the entire gift around the movie. The kids had a blast picking everything out. They really got into the spirit. We even bought a few extra toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
The Planes Fire and Rescue toys on Rollback include:
Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway $24.97
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles 3-Pack $14.97
Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment $19.97
Planes Character Assortment die-cast set & the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set $4.97
Once that was dropped off at church, I wondered what else the kids could do. They wanted to stick with our Planes theme, so we decided to make cookies. We make cut out sugar cookies, but made sure to include the airplane cookie cutter. We made cut out cookies every year and they always have a blast decorating them. After they were all iced and covered in sprinkles, they delivered them to our neighbors. We don’t really know our neighbors, but it’s always nice to get an unexpected surprise from someone. You never know when something you may consider insignificant, can make a huge impact on someone else.
Do you want your kids to give back this season? Think outside the box for what they can help do.
– Have them make cards and deliver them to a nursing home.
– Buy small gifts or make cards and hand them out at a children’s hospital.
– Kids can buy and donate toys to organizations like Toys for Tots.
– Make cards/care packages and send them to deployed service members overseas.
– Buy gifts for a family in need through the Salvation Army or similar organization.
– Hand out food to the homeless.
– Older kids can volunteer at homeless shelters.
What have you or your family done to give back during the holidays?