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6 Ways to Help Your Kids Give Back

by • November 27, 2013 • 2013, Big Kids, Community, December 2013, Teens and Pre-Teens

6 Ways to Help Your Child Give Back at Home and Around Town – Opportunities for the Holidays and Any Days.

FIGHT HUNGER with Second Harvest Food Bank

OPPORTUNITIES: Warehouse sorting (Age: 14+): Sort, label, and package food that the food bank receives from manufacturers and food drives. Tip: Kids of all ages can help plant, weed and harvest at the Incredible Edible Park. Find out more: feedoc.org.

CLEAN BEACHES with Surfrider Foundation

OPPORTUNITIES: Beach cleanups (Ages: All): Team up with other volunteers to clean up the beach, usually held on Saturdays. QUAD Youth Service Program: Kids can collaborate with teachers or adult advisors to organize a club and initiatives based on project-based learning, including beach clean ups, single-use plastic free campus initiatives and more. Tip: Connect with your local chapter – HB/Seal Beach (hsbsurfrider.org), Newport Beach (newportbeach.surfrider.org) or South OC (southoc.surfrider.org). Find out more: surfrider.org.

BRING CHEER with Salvation Army Orange County

OPPORTUNITIES: Toy and Joy Shop toy and food sorting (Age: 8+): Help prepare the Toy and Joy warehouse by sorting donations. Toy Shopper (Age: Junior High+): Help guide families through the Toy and Joy Shop to pick out toys and food for their family during Christmas. Salvation Army Kettles (Age: 8+): Bring joy to Christmas shoppers throughout the season by ringing bells outside of stores. Find out more: salvationarmyoc.org.

COOK & GIVE: There are those neighbors you know, and then there are those to whom you have waved a few times but never stopped to introduce yourself. Nothing breaks the ice like holiday cookies personally delivered. Cooking cookies and knocking on doors is about as easy as it gets.

WRITE THE LOVE: Whether you’re still working on holiday cards or you’re ready to write out tags for gifts, the small task of writing is a big way to connect.

MAKE THE CHOICE: Putting options in front of our children – whether tiny, tweedy or teen – inspires a sense of ownership. Identify a few “giving back” options that you can support and let them choose those that inspire them. When it’s time to make the effort, they’ll be ready.

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