This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.
With everything our kids get this time of year, it’s so important to find ways for them to give! Here are some ideas for you and your family this year – 4 Ways for Kids to Give Back.
1. Make DIY Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Kids can easily contribute to this activity and help “spot” people to give the bags to as you focus on driving.
2. Adopt a family for the holidays – this could be through an organization, or just a family you know who is less fortunate than you. Buying gifts for them is great, but I think invitations to spend time together is even better. Encourage your kids to ask about play dates, and ask them to holiday parties or a family meal.
3. Visit a nursing home. Holidays can be an especially hard time for elderly people whose families often don’t visit as much as they would like. This can be scary or intimidating, especially for a shy child, so come prepared with activities! Coloring pages and crayons or carols to sing – doing something together can help with the awkwardness.
4. Donate clothing, toys, shoes, etc. to an organization like Mission St. Louis. This organization is making a HUGE difference in my community by reaching families and individuals who are living in poverty. They have many avenues of impact, but my favorite is this campaign – people donate toys and other gift items (or money) in order to provide an affordable shopping night for parents who can’t afford to buy gifts for their children this holiday.
I love what this organization does for families in our community, and I especially love that my kids can get involved in helping others! We want to celebrate Mission St. Louis and recognize them for the difference they make in our community – they are the perfect story for #WishesDelivered!
My wish is that our kids would learn from us
the value of giving back to their communities.
Remember the UPS #WishesDelivered campaign? Well it isn’t too late to submit your story or wish and join the giving this season! For a taste of what this campaign means, check out this video about Leslye, and her handmade scarves:
Isn’t that beautiful? I have tears just thinking about what a wonderful gift she is giving to these women. Do you know someone who is reaching their community is a similar way? UPS wants you to share your stories about them, or sharing your own wish for this holiday – just use the hashtag #WishesDelivered! Your wish could automatically be a part of the #WishesDelivered site by simply posting the wish on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WishesDelivered, or going directly to the #WishesDelivered Site and submitting there.
Remember, wishes should be for someone else, or the greater good – make it meaningful, and encourage your kids to join in. The best part about this campaign is that for every #WishesDelivered story or wish shared, UPS will make a $1 donation to one of their charity partners (Boys & Girls Club of America, World Food Programme, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, The UN Refugee Agency), up to $150K total donation!this easy step-by-step tutorial on how start a blog (no tech knowledge required).