Giving Thanks, Giving Back

November 25th, 2010 by Dionna | 2 Comments
Posted in Adults, Children, Community Service, Compassionate Advocacy, Eclectic Learning, Preschoolers, Teens, Toddlers

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We gave back last night! Kieran and I baked cookies, then we all went to our closest fire station and hung out with the fire fighters for an hour or so. They gave us the best tour! Kieran also colored pictures for the fire fighters. He was pretty stoked when they said they would hang them up in the station.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I have a Thanksgiving challenge for you – and a fun link up!

After the turkey is eaten and the pumpkin pies are put away, take a few minutes to think about all the things you are thankful for.

And then, think about something you and your family can do to help someone else give thanks. Make it simple – something that you can do in less than an hour.

Here are five easy activities that you can do to give back as a family:

  1. Go buy a bag of dog food, some treats, and a leash, and drop them off at your local no-kill animal shelter.
  2. Go through your closets. Pull out everything you have not worn in the past year, put it all in a bag, and go donate it to the closest homeless or domestic violence shelter.
  3. Rake the leaves of an elderly neighbor.
  4. Make and decorate some pictures (Thanksgiving or holiday themed, or any kind of picture will do!) and bring them to a nursing home near you. The residents will surely love the surprise visit!
  5. Call a few friends and family members that you have not talked to or seen in awhile. Think of one thing that you are thankful for about each person, and tell them!

Need more ideas? Try Ten Ideas for Volunteering with Young Children.

If you took time out today to make someone else feel special, make sure to snap a picture, write a short blog post about it,  and link up!1 Please visit everyone on the linky list and give them a virtual high five for giving thanks and giving back.

  1. Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, feel free to participate – the point is to express some gratitude and to have fun giving back!

2 Responses to:
"Giving Thanks, Giving Back"

  1. Melodie   bfmom

    What a wonderful thing to do Dionna! I’m not American but I would love to play along! Because everyday can be a thanks-giving kind of day! :)

  2. Christie - Childhood 101   childhood101

    I think Thanksgiving sounds like such a great holiday, I am a little jealous over here in Australia :) The fire station visit would have been so much fun and what a nice way to acknowledge the good and dangerous work they do.

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