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15 Ways to Serve this Holiday Season

Gabriella Cutruzzula, National Vice-President of Community Service

FCCLA members know it’s important to serve in their community every day. During the holiday season, you have even more opportunities to serve! Check out these 15 simple ways you and your family can serve together. Try one, two, or even make it a goal to complete them all!

  1. Choose a child’s name off a giving tree, and pick out the gift together as a If you don’t have a giving tree, ask leaders in your community. They’re bound to know someone!
  2. Recruit several families and adopt a nursing home. Buy a simple gift for each resident (lotion, slippers, holiday throw blankets, etc.) and arrange a time to deliver the gifts.
  3. Send notes to military personnel overseas.
  4. Prepare a meal together as a family and take it to a sick or elderly friend.
  5. Deliver a baked good to your neighbors.
  6. Leave a holiday card (and perhaps a little treat) in your mailbox for the mail carrier.
  7. Go caroling at a nursing home.
  8. Volunteer to read books to elementary children at the library.
  9. Ring bells for the Salvation Army.
  10. Take balloons or small gifts to the children’s ward of your local hospital. You may not be able to deliver them to the children themselves, but you can ask the nurses to deliver them or ask permission of the parents if they happen to be present at the time.
  11. Choose a day to serve each other inside your own home. Take out the trash for your dad, pick up your sibling’s toys and your stuff without being asked, and show appreciation for one another.
  12. Encourage every member of your family to look at each person they come across that day with a smile and express their appreciation with a simple “thank you” or a compliment.
  13. Go to the grocery store together as a family and pick up a few items for your local food pantry. Many stores have drop-off locations within the store itself during the holiday season.
  14. Volunteer to babysit for a couple with small children so that they can go out on a date.
  15. Clean out your coat closet and take your gently worn coats to a local shelter.

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is busy. We all have a lot going on, but giving just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference. And it can help you get into the holiday spirit!

Gabriella Cutruzzula, National Vice-President of Community Service

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