IDEA: Give a matched pair to the Boys and Girls clubs (sizes 5 up to 12/14). Include a shirt, pant, underwear, and sock, in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Mark the size of the outfit on the outside of the bag with a sharpie marker. That way, when young children have a bathroom accident at school, the Boys and Girls Clubs teachers can give the children a FREE change of clothing. That way a mother or father doesn't have to miss work to come get the child to help them change clothes. One director in Murray, Utah, said to me clothes are rarely returned when they are sent home which tells her their is a need for the clothing. So, it's a win-win! The Boys and Girls Clubs of Murray< Utah, also located in various cities nationwide and the Headstart preschools (nationwide) would benefit from your donations. IDEA: Collect men's professional dress shirts for the Salt Lake City Mission or a sober living home in your community. These shirts give men in a sober living home a chance to be professional on job interviews and in worship services. Sober living homes are aftercare programs for individuals making their way back into the community. Personally, I've worked as a mentor and life-skills teacher to individuals in recovery for 14 years. I'd be happy to talk to you about what you can do in our area to help men (or women) in Utah or in your own state of residence. Contact me at shareloveserve.com. Ammon's Place is located in Riverton, Utah. Moroni's Place is located in Orem, Utah. These two, non-denominational, faith-centered homes are operated by Foundation for Family Life.I serve on their board and would be happy to assist you with any service project, eagle scout project, or volunteer work that you'd like to inquire about. There are also opportunities to mentor men and women on a weekly basis. It's a rewarding and enriching experience. For other ideas or if you'd like to to brainstorm about an upcoming service project you have then contact me at shareloveserve.com.
"Right now, we desperately need new, unused women's and children's socks and underwear (especially larger size underwear for women), and new or very gently used warm outerwear, including: coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, leggings, snowsuits, etc."
Aubrey Wright, 12, and her grandmother Karma, 92, who lives at Brighton House in Riverton, Utah. :)) Watch Studio 5 Segment
Want ideas for service projects? Community, church, youth, scouts, girlscouts, women, school clubs, families, individuals? Contact me at shareloveserve(at)gmail(dot)com Below easy-to-do projects with elderly care center residents. Make a heart connection.
Personally, I love the idea of tying a tissue parachute to a piece of candy, knocking on a door, and having a group of youth throw up in the air their pieces of candy to surprise little kids in your neighborhood! So fun!
Read the book Christmas from Heaven, to your family or group. It's a true story about a World War II serviceman turned CANDY BOMBER.
Spend 30 minutes tying tissue parachutes onto pieces of candy. DIRECTIONS for making parachutes are in the back of the book. How easy is that?
However many pieces of candy you finish in 30 minutes, put them in a basket and head out to spread some Christmas sweets!
2) Share Random Acts of Kindness -- The Last Straw
Take the first 15 minutes and tell this story. Here's a brief summary: In the McDonalad home, Mom remembers an old tradition of a building a soft bed for Baby Jesus--one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice of another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger.
Challenge the members of your group to think of single ACTS OF SERVICE/ACTS OF KINDNESS they can give to members of their own family. Have each group member write down three kind acts they could do for each person.
Handout to each person a baggie full of staw/hay. Attach a tag to the bag that says, "Every act of kindness counts. So, let's build a bed for Jesus ONE STRAW AT A TIME."
Then, give your group a challenge to build a straw bed for Jesus before Christmas by doing kind deeds for their family members.
Tell the group that they will report back the Sunday AFTER Christmas and tell about what they did for their family. You can serve hot cocoa that day! :))
During the NEXT 45 MINUTES
Tell the group members you're going to do some SPONTANEOUS service. Here are some quick ideas you can choose from, or you can create your own. They may require a little upfront planning, but not much.
At a local fast food drive thru. Wendy's is perfect here in Riverton because they sell $.50 Frostys and $1.00 Frostys. Go through the drive through and pay for as many Frostys as there are people in the car behind you. SHHHH. It's a surprise! Explain to the cashier at the drive-up window what you're doing. Pay and then drive away. Wave out the window as you do! :))
At your local grocery store for $5.00 buy a small bouquet of flowers. You can DIY a few tissue paper flowers, or use fake flowers if you make it ahead of time. Have some of the group members simply walk up to someone (maybe even a cashier) and give the flowers away. Make someone's day! A cashier would LOVE this! You could do it for someone at your local library. Someone at the gas station. You get the idea.
Flowers could also be brought to a local hospital and dropped off at the front desk. Ask the person to deliver them to someone in the hospital who needs some Christmas JOY!
Another idea would be to deliver red and green helium balloons tied with ribbon and a note that said, "GOD knows who you are and He loves you." You could bring them to an individual nursing home as well.
Another idea would be to find out ahead of time what your BISHOP'S WIFE likes to snack on and drop a little care package off to her. Simple is good. Mabye she likes to chew gum. So, you could deliver a few packages of her favorite flavor of gum tied with a ribbon to her, just to be nice. The tag could say, "We CHEWS to show our gratitude to you for supporting your husband in his calling to serve as our Bishop. We love you!" Accompany the gift with a thank you card signed by the group. Whatever the treat your Bishop's wife enjoys she'll appreciate the kind gesture.
Look what you can accomplish in only ONE HOUR. Just make sure you emphasize that each kind act we perform is one more piece of straw used to build a soft bed for the Christ child. Remember to give the group members their own bag of straw to take home to remind them to do acts of kindness for their own family members. Enjoy!
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You'll want to email the volunteer coordinator or activity director. These are common titles that most non-profits use. You’ll find contact info on the organization’s website. Familiarize yourself with the basics, like the days and times meals are served and address what you’d like to do in your email. I spoke with a few DIRECTORS at some of our local SOUP KITCHENS and they all say the BEST WAY to contact them is through EMAIL. And here’s why? Email allows for the Coordinators to answer you when it’s most convenient for them and allows them to include necessary information. And provide links to release forms that you might need to fill out. Be mindful that non-profits are not exactly like a big corporation with someone available immediately to answer questions on the phone. Email is a great way to get a plan in place.
Don’t be surprised if the Coordinator asks you to come in and volunteer AFTER the New Year. Stacey Gallegos at St. Anne’s in Layton encourages people to sign up year round and avoid the holiday rush. She says everyone has it in their minds that the holidays are the time to help out but she says: “Food and shelter is needed 365 days a year. Every human being deserves a warm bed, food to eat, and a hot shower, so think about us not just at Christmas time but in February and middle of the summer, too.”
Downtown Salt Lake -- The Road Home – SHELTER DINNER – GROUP SERVICE
Needspre-mademeals, along withpaper products,at one of their4 shelters. This is service on abigger scale. You’refeeding 75 to 450 people, depending which shelter you choose. Children 5 and up are welcome to participate.
Volunteer Coordinator, Kelli Parker says the SHELTER DINNER, during the holidays, is by far their most rewarding service project, because you’re able to interact with the people there, face to face. And that’s really what service should be about in its purest sense. Right?
IDEA: EXTENDED family could pool their gift money.
IDEA: YOUR BUSINESS could forgo the work party and organize a
Lunch. From 11:30a.m.–1:00p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. They usually host a Christmas dinner, and more information will be posted on their website in the coming weeks.
Layton—St. Anne’s Center (largest homeless shelter in Northern Utah)
They offer what’s called a Family Dinner 7 days week. Bring a pre-made meal and paper products. And share a meal with a family or two. Bring a craft for the kids. Maybe a coloring page? What a great experience to sit down and have dinner with a family. Stacey Gallegos, at St. Anne’s, shared with me what a homeless man once told her. He said:
“We’re human beings, so don’t just look away when you see us. Just SMILE at us. Your smile makes me want to live one more day.”
IDEA: That gave me an idea: Bring smiley face stickers! And let your kids put one on every person’s hand they see! Kids would love this!
IDEA: Another idea would be to: bring a MASON JAR filled with questions on pieces of paper. Easy questions like: What’s your favorite color? Where would you like to someday visit? What color would you paint Santa’s sleigh? That way you can start an easy conversation with your kids and the other families.
This is a wonderful opportunity for families in the south valley area. If you're interested in having your family bring a pre-made meal and paper products into a home and to share the meal and provide an activity, contact me, Jodi Robinson, email@example.com There are two homes geared to helping individuals get back on their feet. My family will be doing this and we and can't wait to share and serve. :)) I'll share more details with you via email. Your family can share a Family Home Evening or activity. It’s so worth your time! Available 7 days a week.
Monday-Friday, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Weekends is lunch and dinner. So, there’s always opportunities to schedulemeal preparationand evenclean up duties (I’m thinking SCOUTS!).You can DONATESACK LUNCHES(great formoms with young children). DonateCASSEROLES.
IDEA:Get together with some girlfriends and make a bunch of meals to bring over.So much more meaningful than going out and getting pedicures, right?