By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor
Woodland Hills Church
Giving back is important all year long, but the holiday season seems to bring out that spirit more than other times of the year. It is wonderful to model to our children that giving to others is important. To help you out, we have come up with a few ideas and links. Have fun with it!
Operation Joy– grab an ornament off the tree in the Heroes Gate area and help a family in need celebrate Christmas by providing a gift and/or a meal. Gifts are due back to HG no later than December 11th.
Operation Christmas Child- shoe boxes for kids in need. You can find more information at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Create a Christmas bucket list- here are some fun ideas! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/printable-service-bucket-lists/
Christmas Service Advent idea- this one is good if you are feeling creative! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/printable-service-bucket-lists/
Sign up to ring the bell– http://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/
Caroling in your neighborhood or in a nursing home
Serving at a shelter
Play “secret Santa” for a neighbor in need
Serve at Feed My Starving Children
Drop a donation off at the Ronald McDonald house
Shovel snow for a neighbor
There are so many fun ways to give back. Some cost very little but require your time. Some cost a bit but will be a huge blessing. Giving back is living out the Kingdom and modeling God’s love to those around you. Be blessed and be a blessing this Christmas season!