Scott and I want our kids to grow up with great memories. But more than that, we want our kids to remember helping others and to know that service is such an important part of life. With all of the fun and the lights, the jingle bells and traditions that the Christmas season brings we really want this season to be a time of service.
I decided that during the month of December our family would make it a habit to try to give service to others in our community. I made up a calendar and filled in all the Monday nights and Saturdays with ideas that we gathered and the kids came up with from a previous FHE.
Before we went out every Monday we would watch a Mormon message or an online video on service and then we headed out into town.
The kids worked together and got excited about being sneaky and leaving surprise services for others. Here are a few of the services we did:
We taped money and a note on vending machines at the hospital and at the College
Singing at a nursing home and giving passing out cards.
We all helped out at a breakfast with Santa activity put on by a local organization for foster children.
Delivered doughnuts to the fire station. They actually asked us if we wanted to come in and take a tour so the kids were thrilled!
And the kids made Christmas cards and wrote a message inside. Then placed them on cars in parking lots at grocery stores. We even stayed for some and hid down on the floor of our van to watch some of them be opened.