Ways your family can make a difference


Babysit for a single mom
Teach compassion with a Family Giving Box
Write a Family Mission Statement
Bake cookies for your local fire dept.
Pick up trash at local park as a family field trip
Create snack packs for Ronald McDonald residents
Welcome a new family to the neighborhood with a dessert and introduction
Pray for the poor of the world
Color a Smile-print coloring page to be given to lift someone in need up
Make a baby care kit for a baby in need
Take time each week to unplug as a family
Donate your time or treasure to the Make a Wish Foundation
Appreciate your church staff in some small, tangible way
Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
Make a Life Book for a child in Foster Care
Read You Were Made to Make A Difference as a family
Volunteer to cuddle babies at the hospital (older kids/teens are often allowed also)
Read Christmas Jars as family
Save loose change in a jar and give to a needy family at Christmas
Take a family volunteering vacation
Stop and say thank you to grocery clerks, waitresses. Ask them how they are doing.
Become a monthly sponsor to help pregnant girls in Kenya
Make a birthday cake for an underpriviledged child
Serve at home: make each other’s beds, clean up someone else’s mess
Write thank you notes to people who serve you: postman, yard guy, doctor, etc
Sponsor a child monthly (cannot recommend enough)
Make relief kits for disaster relief victims
Sew a sleeping bag for someone in need (easy pattern)
Volunteer at a non-profit
Make up some Hygiene Bags to pass out to local homeless people
Take your family on a tour of Red Cross
Put a monthly date on the calendar for a Family Service Night
Take a meal to a new family
Create a card for Habitat for Humanity new home owner
Encourage your older children to be a Mother’s Helper to a mom with young kids
Fill a backpack to help give a homeless person a lift up
Make birthday cards and deliver them to a local nursing home monthly
Donate books to Africa
Take your kids to a local Food Pantry with canned goods to donate
Deliver food for Meals on Wheels
Pray as a family on a regular basis for the people in your life.
Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
Give blood. (Take your kids with you and explain the importance).
Donate nice toys to cancer ward at a Children’s Hospital
Buy a mosquito net and help prevent malaria
Randomly celebrate each other with a special treat, meal, time
Donate school supplies to a classroom in need
Compliment and thank the teachers in your life
Buy a soccer ball for a child in poverty
Give a used bike to a homeless person
Donate coloring books/crayons to hospital emergency rooms
Host a 40 hour famine in your home (fast something!)
Give clothes to a family in need (call your church/school to find one)
Read to a special needs child
Only drink water for 2 weeks, give proceeds for clean water
Buy a goat for a family in extreme poverty
Give a donation in someone’s name to an organization you believe in
Send your used shoes to Reuse-a-Shoe
Become Certified Respite Caregivers to give Foster Family’s a babysitting
Decorate a Christmas tree at an elderly person’s house
Hold a collection drive: makeup, lotions, etc for women at a shelter
Find a Food Bank near you to volunteer
Deliver popcicles to children at a homeless shelter
Offer your pet for therapy to the elderly
Decorate nursing home rooms of residents with homemade art
Have regular “family nights” with games, ice cream, time together
Visit the NICU with treats for the doctors and anxious parents
Write to unsponsored children
Read to patients at a local hospital
Plan a family missions trip
Bake cookies, host a bake sale and donate money to the poor or a cause
Volunteer at a local animal shelter
Plant a garden and share the produce
Hold a drive for lightly-used stuffed animals for police stations SAFE program
Write letters to servicemen
Give a micro loan and change a family in a third world country
Smile. At everyone.
Make care packages for children in the hospital
Instead of a birthday gifts, ask for donations for a charity or food for a food pantry
Shop fair trade
Offer to decorate hospital hallways during the holidays
Ask your city about volunteering to remove graffiti
Host a Lemon-AID stand and donate proceeds Blood Water
Make no-sew fleece blankets for Hospice
Collect pencils for African children
Send a care package to our military
Read the Bible together as a family every day
Collect shoes for Shoes for Kids (started by an 11 year old girl)
Let kids choose a charity to donate to for one of their Christmas gifts
Become a foster family
Pay for someone’s drink in Starbuck’s drive-thru. Make sure your kids enjoy the act of kindness.
Help your kids starts a neighborhood or school Bible Study with their peers
Volunteer to plant flowers for your school/church flowerbeds
Make a Care Bag for a child in need
Adopt a child
Welcome home a hero at the airport
Complain less
Start a Kindness Club with your family
Let your light shine!
Look for opportunities to be the difference in someone’s life
Host a virtual food drive
Purchase gifts through families fundraising for adoption.
Make a quilt for NICU familes
Pay the toll for the car behind you
Invite friends to Vacation Bible School
Help keep families together
Take someone flowers from your garden

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