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    give me some ideas that I can do with the family. It's time we start giving back, just not sure how to give back

    older kids are 8 and 9.

    little kids are 1,3,5 so not that much help.

    our local HS group does Meals on Wheels to shut-in but I want something that the kids can be involved in.
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    Right now the only community service thing we do with the kids is to walk around the neighborhood or a beach and pick up litter. I'm looking forward to hearing others' ideas!
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    Food banks often let families help pack and sort food which some kids really seem to enjoy, animal shelters and humane societies usually allow kids to help out socializing the animals, nursing homes LOVE having families visit and preparing homemade placemats for their dining room, or even drawing pictures to hang in their rooms is always appreciated, and if you have a local homeless shelter they will often let families help serve a meal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Topsy View Post
    Food banks often let families help pack and sort food which some kids really seem to enjoy, animal shelters and humane societies usually allow kids to help out socializing the animals, nursing homes LOVE having families visit and preparing homemade placemats for their dining room, or even drawing pictures to hang in their rooms is always appreciated, and if you have a local homeless shelter they will often let families help serve a meal.
    Great ideas. You could see if there are community gardens in your area. DD helped out at one a few times last summer and really enjoyed it.
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    I never thought of a nursing home! I didn't think they would let non family members hang out. That could be something the little kids could do. great idea! thanks!

    I would have a ZOO if we helped at a shelter! I can't even go to petsmart on the weekends for fear of adopting something, lol. we already have 3 rescued dogs and 2 cats. but................. the kids would love to do that too.

    what great ideas!

    My mom has always helped at the homeless/food bank shelter back home. That is my goal in the future
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    We've walked dogs for the humane society and done meals on wheels. Picking up litter is important. B1 fiddles at the local hospital - either in the lobby or for individual patients. We've also volunteered for local historical societies and museums.
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    National, state, and local parks often need volunteers for both maintenance, clean-up....all the way to interpretation--work at festivals, etc. At ages 10 & 11 my kids were "manning" a site on their own during Maple Sugar time here, explaining how local Native Americans processed sap, keeping the fires going, explaining the artifacts.

    Public libraries often have "adopt-a-shelf" programs where older kids help shelve and properly arrange library books on the shelf. This is quite handy especially in the children's section where they often get misplaced.
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    Great ideas.

    Has anyone had success with locating a specific needy family, either anonymously or not, to help out? That's what my parents did all the time when we were kids. I'd like to do that myself because it is so personal to the children doing the giving, even if the other family doesn't know who you are. It made a huge impact on me.

    Do you go through local churches to locate families? Through a shelter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geek View Post
    Great ideas.

    Has anyone had success with locating a specific needy family, either anonymously or not, to help out? That's what my parents did all the time when we were kids. I'd like to do that myself because it is so personal to the children doing the giving, even if the other family doesn't know who you are. It made a huge impact on me.

    Do you go through local churches to locate families? Through a shelter?
    Oh, that's a great idea too. I would also be interested in finding an elderly person in our neighborhood who we could help out by checking in, bringing them grocery shopping, shoveling, etc.
    Laina
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laina View Post
    Oh, that's a great idea too. I would also be interested in finding an elderly person in our neighborhood who we could help out by checking in, bringing them grocery shopping, shoveling, etc.
    This is brilliant. So many elderly have children who moved away, and they're on a fixed budget to boot.
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