Our small group has decided to spend the month of December doing some service projects instead of our regular Bible study meeting, so we’ve all been searching for ideas. I’ve also been thinking about something tangible that we can do with the boys to help them see that there are lots of ways to give back.
I showed them the short BeadforLife video this week, so that they could get a real look at poverty, even though it was brief. I think it definitely left an impression on them, especially in regards to our Compassion-sponsored child, Jeremy, and the kind of area he probably lives in.
Our plans so far this Christmas season will include picking an ornament from a tree at church, where we can purchase items for those in need right in our own church community, and we’ll also be donating some used toys and puzzles to a local charity. But I want to do more than that.
I think that our family project (and maybe, our small group project) will be making fleece no-sew blankets for a local charity – Ronald McDonald House, maybe, or a shelter for women and children. It’s something that the boys can definitely help with, as tying a knot is something they are especially gifted at given the condition of their shoelaces. I think that they can also appreciate how nice it is to have a blanket of your very own.
I’d love to know what kinds of things you’re doing with your family to teach your children about having a generous spirit. Do you buy items through Samaritan’s Purse? Sponsor a family in need through your church or school? Volunteer through a local organization? Fill me in!
And now, for a sneak peek at the Advent calendar I made! More in the coming days regarding actual plans for Advent…