Great Volunteer Ideas for Kids
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One of the most important things we can do as parents is teaching our children how to be charitable. Teaching kids to volunteer not only helps shape them into good people, but it also teaches them important lessons such as how to appreciate the things they have (family, a home, food, and shelter, and other basics that those who are less fortunate may lack), and encourages them to have more empathy toward others.
How to Choose the Right Volunteer Activity for Your Child
One tip to keep in mind is to tailor the volunteer activity to your child’s personality, abilities, and interests. For example, if your child is very young, volunteer activities that require hours of physical work may not be a good fit. If she loves to be active and would prefer to be outdoors, participating in a park clean-up or riding a tricycle or bicycle in a bike-a-thon might be a fun way for her to help others.
You may also want to consider activities that allow you to volunteer together as a family. Working together as a family to help others is not only a great way to set an example for your child, but it’s also a wonderful way to spend time together and have fun doing something that benefits others.
Here are some ideas for great volunteer activities for kids:
Collecting Packaged Food
Many local churches and community centers either donate directly or have a line to groups that coordinate relief efforts for local shelters and other agencies that are providing aid to the families and individuals in need.
Your kids can pitch in by going shopping with you to pick out items for donation, such as canned food, crackers, diapers, and more, and then help you deliver those goods for distribution.
Donating Used Toys and Books
Kids can also take a look around the house for items that are in good shape but that they no longer use, like toys and clothes that they’ve outgrown.
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