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With little ones it can be hard to find meaningful and age appropriate ways to give back, not to mention the time! Creating a culture of giving is important to our family so we are working together to find ways we can all show kindness and love this Christmas. Here are a few ideas of ways you can give back with your little ones this holiday season!
Shopping together for gifts for less fortunate. This can take place packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in November or Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Drive. Engage your child in picking out some fun gifts to SHARE and in packing them or dropping them off.
Choosing diapers and wipes to donate for other babies and kids. This is such a neat way to give with your little ones because as a mom I know how hard it can be to afford diapers. (And I’m praying every day we get Layla fully potty trained and out of diapers for good! Two in diapers is rough!) Thankfully, we’ve been blessed to always be able to get the diapers and wipes we need, but I know for some families that is not the case. In 2010 Kimberly-Clark conducted a study that showed that 1 in 3 moms struggle to afford diapers for their children. Buying diapers means many parents have to cut back on other essentials or their children go without. Local crisis pregnancy centers and women’s shelters are almost always in need of diapers in all sizes, but there is another awesome way you can donate diapers that I wasn’t aware of that is truly awesome!
This Christmas (Nov 13 through January 2nd) Meijer is donating to the National Diaper Bank! When you buy any size or type of Huggies diapers Meijer will donate $1 and Huggies will donate one days worth of diapers through the “No Baby Unhugged” program to the National Diaper Bank. So just by purchasing Huggies diapers you are already giving to those in need! We love using Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers for our kids! Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers are inspired by hugs and have a GentleAbsorb Liner for cushiony mess protection, a soft breathable cover and are hypoallergenic and fragrance free! We picked ours up together at our local Mejier along with some Huggies Natural Care Wipes! With the new Huggies Reward App, I can also donate my Huggies rewards points to the National Diaper Bank. I love how simple they are making it to give back!
Baking cookies or treats. This is a fun and easy way to spread cheer! Plates of Christmas treats and cookies can then be dropped off to neighbors, shut-ins or nursing homes (call ahead!), or anyone you love going through a rough time. Some of our favorite cookies to share are Chewy Walnut Treasures and Andes Mint Cookies!
Making cards. These can go along with your plates of Christmas goodies or can be sent in the mail. I have a pretty avid artist on my hands so I coached her to color in some pretty Christmas cards and sent them to some friends who have been struggling with sickness. You can totally get creative with using some of these fingerpainting ideas or just keep it simple and color with crayons.Choosing an animal to donate with World Vision or Heifer International. I love the concept of giving a more than a one-time gift. Donating a farm animal means a continual contribution to the income and quality of life of a family in poverty. My toddler had a fun time picking out a cute animal to give to her “faraway friend”. Although she may not fully get what she’s doing we are still promoting love and giving!
My family is so incredibly blessed and we want to create a family culture that is joyful in our giving. We KNOW how fortunate we are and we want to use our blessings to create blessings for others! We love getting our children excited about giving while they are young in small and big ways.
Check out more ways Huggies is giving back year round! How do you get your children involved in giving back?