Light up your holiday season with the act of giving. You’ll find that going out of your way for others is the best gift. No matter what holiday you celebrate, this is the perfect time of year to teach children to think of those who are less fortunate than themselves.
For Hannukah, pick at least one day to give your children the opportunity to go shopping for another child who is underprivileged. Reach out to a shelter or contact your school’s guidance counselor and inquire if there is a wish list for a family in need. Take the time to allow your children to pick out what they feel would best fulfill the wishes of another child and watch their self-esteem blossom and smile emerge when they wrap THEIR gift for someone they learn is not able to afford a present.
Don’t have any interest in shopping with the crowds? Than take the time to volunteer with your kids at a soup kitchen or an elderly care facility. Have your child bake goodies for a shelter or bring games to play with a lonely senior.
Whatever you do as the cold rushes in, take the time with your children to warm the hearts of others. Involve your kids. Allow them to choose their mitzvah project. Permit them to be creative. Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones and help someone else feel loved.
Read here about what this family did to light up some children’s holidays.
By Valerie Franklin, Co-Founder, www.themitzvahbowl.com, firstname.lastname@example.org