WASHINGTON, November 20, 2015 – Here is a novel and fun way to launch a Biblically inspired Thanksgiving that will create long lasting memories for generations.
Parents love to bring together family, friends and loved ones on Thanksgiving, so why not build love, compassion and service for those in your community who may be suffering in silence as a new holiday tradition?
While Thanksgiving begins the Christmas and holiday season for millions around the nation, it also is also an excellent time to pause and reflect upon the lessons children can benefit from. Just imagine how much good can be accomplished with a little time and planning so that others less fortunate can also welcome Thanksgiving with a smile, a warm meal or a gesture of love and the light of friendship from you and your children.
Isaiah 58:10 “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”
There still is ample time to plan a truly wonderful Thanksgiving event for a senior home, soup kitchen, or hooking up with a Meals on Wheels program and deliver Thanksgiving cheer to those who need a moment of your love and kindness.
Children learn by watching and if they see their parents actually sharing a few hours of their holiday extending a hand of warmth, then kids will learn to value service to the needy. If children see their parents scoffing at giving up a couple hours of their time, then the children will learn to shut down when God’s Holy Spirit is tugging on their spirit to share their time.
1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
The other terrific benefit that children will learn to value is having the opportunity to share a wonderful family team experience of Thanksgiving giving to cherish. Can you imagine how an excited a child could feel by actually sharing a smile or a laugh with a homeless child, family or senior citizen? Instead of writing a check to a charity or watching a holiday parade your children and you reached out and created a spiritual bond.
How to get started:
According to Great Schools, one of the best ways to volunteer during Thanksgiving or the Christmas holiday season is to create a plan. Offer up some ideas to see which volunteer project everyone would like to take part in. Remember, there are no wrong ideas, because you can save the others for upcoming holidays.
Secondly, check your local city or county directory to see if there are any volunteer opportunities that your family can take part in. In addition, Great Schools provides a link to The Network for Good which connects individuals and even children or teens to charities and service groups. The group also provides a great list of 10 tips on how to volunteer wisely.
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Another terrific resource that will prove handy for families looking for a volunteer experience on Thanksgiving is Volunteer Match. They break down volunteer opportunities into areas of interest:
- Children & Youth
- Homeless & Housing
- Hunger, and sub-categories as well
Thanksgiving is more than the beginning of a season which launches Black Friday holiday sales or buying a mountain of toys, gifts and jewelry. Parents, you have the opportunity to truly build your daughter or son into a wonderful instrument of God’s example of compassionate love and caring. Teach your kids to be the holiday difference for those in need and have fun too!
Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”