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Thanksgiving: Teaching Children About Community Service

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“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”
– Minor Myers

It’s fall here in Los Angeles.  Despite what people say, LA does have seasons, albeit very subtle and mild in comparison to the Midwest or East Coast.  The leaves are falling and changing colors.  Thanksgiving is approaching and, like many parents, I’m trying to find ways to teach our daughters about the value of community service, giving back and being appreciative and grateful for all that we have.

I’m exploring volunteer opportunities in my community that are kid-friendly.  I typed “volunteer with kids in Los Angeles” into Google and found a ton of great organizations that I’m going to explore further.  Many churches and temples are partnered with non-profits and have wonderful volunteer programs already in place.  After doing a little more research, I’m going to print a list of the top 3 opportunities that seem most kid-friendly and then share the list with my family to see which one they are most interested in serving.  We’ve found that our daughters are truly excited to volunteer when their voices and opinions are heard and respected.

There are so many ways, big and small, that we can all work to make the world and our local communities a little better than how we found them.  There are a multitude of wonderful non-profits that need our help during the holidays and all year long.  No matter your particular area of interest–children’s issues, homelessness, the environment, animals or schools and education–it’s likely that there’s going to be an organization in your local community that will be a great match for your family!  It’s wonderfully uplifting to be of service, to feel needed, to feel that your contribution, no matter how small, will bring joy and a smile to someone’s face.

“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”  – Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  – Winston Churchill

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