Every 2nd Saturday our church youth gathers together for some kind of activity (usually games) and bible study. I have signed up to organize the December event and what I want to do is some kind of community service. Like distributing food baskets or visiting the elderly.
I'm hoping for some ideas that kids from age 4 to 25 can do. I'm the 25 year old kid by the way! It will be in December but it doesn't have to be holiday oriented. Any ideas would really be appreciated because I really have no idea where to start.
By Kristina from TX
Call you local office of Easter Seals, Salvation Army, Alzheimer's Assoc., a policitian's office. The politicians might need people to stuff envelopes, or prepare mailings. The other non-profits might need some organizing, cleaning, filing, etc. done. Even the little kids can do some dusting. The Easter Seal office might need some of their donated equipment scrubbed and sanitized.
Are there any senior citizens in your area that could use someone young to shovel their snow or run some errands for them? Anything is appreciated when you can't get around on your own. Keep up the good work.
How about cleaning a park area or the grounds at a nursing home (one with an area for the residents).
You could also visit the elderly in nursing homes or even visit patients at a local hospital. The hospital I was in a year ago had a day when people came around with their dogs and cats for the patients to be with for a time if they so desired.
Please do an activity for the elderly. They are so lonely. Call your local assisted living places and they will have suggestions. Thank you for wanting to do this. You are showing God's love in action. The kids will learn and be able to practice their faith.
Our elderly are so under appreciated, and they have so much to offer from their life experiences. Sometimes it is nice to just sit and be listening to who these precious people are! They enjoy telling about their lives and in our busy day and age, I'm sure it is hard for them to find a caring person and a listening ear. A visit spent getting to know people is a treasure to these wonderful people. Just think "grandparents". Some people have nobody who comes and visits them on a regular basis, if at all. The rewards of what you are doing are wonderful!
Good for you and your group!
Since you are in Texas (as I am), you know that we can have pleasant days here for outdoor activities. Roadside cleanup is always needed. It could be in town or a highway. Determine how much you would like to clear of litter ahead of time, and be sure the children are well supervised on the roadway.
I second redhatterb. Call around to local non profits and see if anyone has a saturday project that your group would be right for. Or go door to door collecting non perishable food for a local food pantry. Be sure to stay in groups and have a driver who can hold the canned goods, they do get heavy!
I'm with Duckie-Do. My ex's family threw a birthday party for a great-grandmother, with the "queen for the day" theme. Later I was told how some were mortally offended that my then-four-year-old youngest son spent quite a lot of time sitting with Great-Grandma, listening to her talk. It upset me until she told me it was her favorite part of the whole affair.
What about singing carols around the community &/or at senior homes? If your December activity date is close to Christmas, this would be a fun activity for the group, and would bring joy to everyone who listens. I love to have carolers come by my house, and love to go caroling as well!!
You might contact the folks at Meals on Wheels or the equivalent in your area, and volunteer to give them a hand. Those elderly are usually very lonely. Good luck, and thank you for the service.
Contact the activities director at a senior center or nursing home. They will likely have some suggestions for your group. Maybe the older "kids" can bake cookies altho not all elderly patients should be eating cookies so check with the facilttiy before doing this. When I was teaching I took the kids to sing carols at a nursing home, and we made door decorations for the patients room which were a big hit. Also the elderly patients just loved seeing the kids, and many of them reached out and patted or stroked the kids faces and since we briefed the kids on what to expect they were not frightened or repulsed by even the sickest patients. Bless you for caring about an often overlooked segment of the population. Remember that these folks need attention at other times of the year as well as the holidays!
How about collecting shoe boxes and fill with items that orphaned children overseas could use. Our church nursery does this every year and sends off to orphanages with things they may need. You could easily find small toys and items for little boys or girls. Small children can easily help fill the boxes and older people can donate items and help decorate the boxes and mail. I hope this helps!
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