We’re sharing 11 easy ways to involve your kids in #GivingTuesday this year! #GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. And while your kiddos may not be able to write a check to their favorite charities (yet), they can still participate and learn what it means to give—especially before the crazy holiday season sets in.
We’re sharing 11 easy ways to involve your kids in #GivingTuesday this year:
1. Go through the pantry together. Pack a bag of canned & boxed goods to drop at your local food bank.
2. Start a shoe or coat drive. Harness the power of your social media networks to ask local friends to donate their gently used shoes and coats. Take one afternoon to go find some deserving folks who could use the donation.
3. Make personal hygiene bags to hand out on the same afternoon as above. Fill gallon sized ziplock bags with travel size toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, soap, and wipes.
4. If your child has long hair (boy or girl) ask if they want to consider donating it to Children with Hairloss.
5. For younger children, consider picture books about giving back.
6. Help them make a meal and bring it to an elderly neighbor.
7. Volunteer with a youth-friendly organization. What causes are important to your child?
8. Make a donation to a local animal shelter. Most shelters accept and welcome donations. See if your local shelter needs blankets, food, or toys, and drop them off together.
9. Bake cookies and bring them to your local volunteer fire company, or emergency medical services.
10. Fill a box with their old toys and books. Consider joining a Buy Nothing group.
11. Check out the GivingTuesday website. They’ve created a directory to help you find other organizations, events, and ways to give back in your own community.