Happy Monday!! I really can’t believe we are 6 days from Christmas! To help with last minute stocking stuffers, check out some easy- yet memorable items any friend would enjoy. If we’re being honest here, I still have a few more little items to pick up, but I can’t wait to spend time with family. My family gatherings are always filled with so much food and little babes running around laughing, and there’s nothing better than little hugs and laughs. I sincerely wish everyone peace for this upcoming week, and check back later for another DIY! If you missed the last one- click here!
Christmas is such a special time of year spent with the one’s you love and gift giving, but sometimes we can become caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget the real reason for the season. As I’ve gotten older, I find that I value meaningful experiences more than an item, and serving others has always held importance. I enter the conversation offering you encouragement to serve others throughout Christmas and throughout the upcoming new year.
We each have special gifts and talents that make us able to serve in our own unique ways. The best part about service is that no effort is too small and anyone & everyone is able to do something for someone else. There is absolutely no pressure for perfection, just get out there and spread the light!
I’ve been brainstorming on ideas/ ways to serve others, big or small, and compiled a list of ideas below. If you have other ideas or want to share your experience, write me in the comments and I’d be thrilled to update the list! How great would it be if we could grow this list to 50+!?
20 ideas for Acts of Service
- Serve warm meals at a soup kitchen.
- Help fight hunger by donating funds, overseas or locally, for livestock and farming practices used for years to come at Heifer International.
- Go caroling in neighborhoods and/or a nursing home (As Buddy the Elf quoted. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!”).
- Make cookies and deliver them to neighbors.
- Create care packages and keep a pile in your car to pass out to the homeless.
- Get a group together and serve at a ‘Red Kettle‘ with The Salvation Army.
- Have clothes that you don’t wear anymore, or have your kids outgrown toys? Donate clothing, shoes, and toys to a local shelter and/or family in need.
- Volunteer to help at a local church. This season can be a busy time for churches and they’re always looking for volunteers to help.
- Create a coat, glove, and hat clothing drive.
- Gather new, un-wrapped toys for ‘Toys for Tots‘.
- Donate unused and/or gently used cosmetic items to a women’s shelter (call to hear of any restrictions).
- Help a friend fill-out envelopes for their Christmas card.
- Set up a giving-tree with tags of gift ideas to be donated to local shelters.
- Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse offers a meaningful and individualized way to donate to children (ages 2-14) by filling a shoebox with gifts. They offer great suggestions and explain the process on their site.
- Pay it forward while waiting in the drive-thru or standing in line.
- If you enjoy beauty, offer services to paint finger nails to the ladies in a nursing home.
- Offer to shop for a shut-in or busy-mom/dad.
- Send a Christmas card of thanksgiving and happy wishes to a serviceman/woman.
- If you live in a colder climate, shovel snow for a neighbor or friend.
- Open the door with a smile (no act of service is too small).
The temperatures have dropped and I find myself either always cold, obsessed with my electric blanket, drinking something hot, or snuggling in for hibernation. It’s to the point I’m tempted to bring a blanket to work to keep my legs warm. Check out the gifts that would make anyone feel loved (and warmer). I have my eye on a few of these goodies!