Volunteering together as a family helps kids learn that they can make a difference in their community.

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Volunteering together as a family helps kids learn that they can make a difference in their community and in the lives of their neighbors. It also can create a fun and unique way for your family to bond. Ready to create your own family volunteering tradition?

Here are five ways you and your family can volunteer together and make a difference this holiday season

  1. Donate food to a food pantry or shelter. Have your kids pick out items with you at the store and then deliver the food bag together.
  2. Put together personal-hygiene kits. Gather quart-sized zipper bags and fill them with travel-size toiletries for teens, children and adults. Donate the bags to your local family resource center.
  3. Box up their gently used (or new) winter coats, hats and gloves. Donate the clothing to your local women’s and children’s agency.
  4. Host a hot cocoa or hot cider stand with your kids. Donate the proceeds to a charity of their choosing.
  5. Take your family shopping. Have your kids pick out one or two toys that other kids their age would like and donate to your local children’s nonprofit.

Remember to celebrate your volunteer service and talk to your family about their experience –  discuss what you did, why you did it, how it felt and what you learned. Enjoy volunteering and serving others this holiday!

Children’s Home Society of Washington helps create a solid foundation for today’s children that will lead to prosperity for all of us in the future.

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