1. Visit with elderly people in your neighborhood, particularly those you don’t see often. According to the US Census Bureau, 28% of seniors aged 65 and over live alone. Many elderly report being lonely, even in group care homes Bring your elderly friends and neighbors dinner, invite them over for family game night, or even Christmas dinner.
2.While pulling out your winter clothes for your family, set aside the things that no longer fit. You can also find other things around your home and donate them all to the Road Home! Here is a list of their current needs, and chances are you have most of these!
3. Sponsor a food drive. Go around and hang empty grocery bags on your neighbor’s doors with instructions to fill it with nonperishable food and then collect the bags in a week and take them to the food bank.
4. Make care kits for the homeless. This fun activity idea from MomAdvice is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning with your family. You can make this even cheaper by ordering in bulk from a dollar store online!
5. Donate time and money to local nonprofits! There is so much need in your own community and usually a nonprofit organization works to specifically alleviate that need. Call up and ask them if they have any immediate needs or volunteer opportunities appropriate for kids, or if they would rather a cash donation. Ask your kids if they would like to donate money from their allowance or help then run a penny war!